Scottish Premiership
Aberdeen2Partick Thistle0

Aberdeen 2-0 Partick Thistle

Ryan Christie scored his first Aberdeen goal since joining on loan from Celtic
Christie scored his first Aberdeen goal since joining on loan from Celtic

Aberdeen moved up to second place in the Premiership with a hard-fought win over Partick Thistle at Pittodrie.

Jayden Stockley came off the bench to power in a header from Niall McGinn's corner on 72 minutes.

Fellow substitute Ryan Christie scored his first Dons goal late on, driving home following good work from Stockley.

Thistle midfielder Ryan Edwards nodded wide from close range at the start of the second half and Ade Azeez later clipped the outside of the post.

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Change of system pays off for McInnes

With Rangers held by Ross County at Ibrox, Derek McInnes's side were able to jump a place on goal difference.

The Firhill men defended well but paid the price for a recurring failure to take their chances.

Christie Elliott, in the first half, and Edwards and substitute Azeez after the break, all squandered golden opportunities.

The visitors have now dropped down to ninth place and have gone 406 minutes without scoring a league goal, taking just four points in 12 matches against teams in the top-five places in the Premiership.

The difference between the sides could be seen in the quality on the Dons bench, and the manager was certainly bold in using the substitutes.

Adam Rooney attempts an overhead kick in the Thistle penalty area
Adam Rooney attempts an overhead kick in the Thistle penalty area

Defenders Shay Logan and Mark Reynolds were sacrificed with Stockley and Christie taking over as Aberdeen switched to a three-man back line.

That adventurous approach paid dividends within eight minutes as Stockley rose to nod in a McGinn corner to break the deadlock after Tomas Cerny had pushed away a Jonny Hayes shot.

Stockley then set up Christie to settle the game in stoppage time.

Aberdeen, who went close through Ash Taylor and Kenny McLean in the first half, play their game in hand on Rangers against Motherwell on 15 February at Pittodrie.

Given the depth of the squad he has to call on, McInnes is in a good position to go on and clinch that runners-up spot for the third season in a row.

What the managers said

Aberdeen's Derek McInnes: "It was a tough afternoon as we struggled to get any real momentum or rhythm in our play but I'm delighted we dug in to get the win, especially after a tough game at Celtic Park.

"We asked the players at half time to get the tempo in our play and we changed the shape and got good quality players on the park.

"Ryan Christie started finding those pockets of space in what was a good display and it was a real bonus for him to get a goal as well as it's important for him to show what he can do for the team.

"Jayden Stockley deserves a lot of credit too as he works so hard for his opportunities and he took his goal well so it is great to have the options we have available."

Partick Thistle assistant Scott Paterson: "That has been the story of our season so far as we put so much into the game but end up with nothing.

"There were a lot of positive to take out of it again but it was really disappointing to lose a goal from a set-piece having defended very well for most of the day.

"Fair play to the players as we have been creating chances all season and they do keep going but we have to take them when you come to places like Pittodrie.

"They are showing character but the season is getting on now and we have to start taking these chances before it comes back to bite us on the backside."

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2LoganSubstituted forChristieat 64'minutes
  • 5Taylor
  • 6ReynoldsSubstituted forStockleyat 65'minutes
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 54mins
  • 11Hayes
  • 22JackBooked at 40mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 10McGinn
  • 7McLean
  • 9RooneySubstituted forO'Connorat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Christie
  • 15O'Connor
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Stockley
  • 25Alexander
  • 26Wright
  • 39Storey

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Dumbuya
  • 15Devine
  • 5Lindsay
  • 14Elliott
  • 6Osman
  • 13Barton
  • 7AmooSubstituted forErskineat 73'minutes
  • 19EdwardsSubstituted forNisbetat 81'minutes
  • 11Lawless
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forAzeezat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Welsh
  • 10Erskine
  • 16Azeez
  • 17Keown
  • 20Banton
  • 27Nisbet
  • 35Ridgers
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
10,094

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 2, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, Partick Thistle 0.

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 2, Partick Thistle 0. Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jayden Stockley.

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Barton (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Anthony O'Connor replaces Adam Rooney.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kevin Nisbet replaces Ryan Edwards.

Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ryan Jack.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces David Amoo.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 1, Partick Thistle 0. Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Attempt saved. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jayden Stockley replaces Mark Reynolds.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan Christie replaces Shaleum Logan.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Adebayo Azeez replaces Kris Doolan.

Attempt missed. Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Booking

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

David Amoo (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Aberdeen 0, Partick Thistle 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic23221060144667
2Aberdeen23134640202043
3Rangers2412753226643
4Hearts24107745311437
5St Johnstone239772925434
6Motherwell2366112739-1224
7Ross County2459102742-1524
8Kilmarnock235992038-1824
9Partick Thistle2458112432-823
10Dundee2365122333-1023
11Hamilton2431292535-1021
12Inverness CT2439122845-1718
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