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Motherwell 3-0 Partick Thistle

Motherwell midfielder Craig Tanner
Motherwell midfielder Craig Tanner scored his side's second goal against Partick Thistle at Fir Park

Goals from Peter Hartley, Craig Tanner and Ryan Bowman secured victory for an impressive Motherwell against Partick Thistle.

The home side dominated and although top scorer Louis Moult didn't find the net, he was prominent for Motherwell.

Moult's free-kick hit the post in the first-half, with Hartley converting the rebound from close range.

Tanner added the second after the break from Richard Tait's cross, with Bowman finishing crisply for the third.

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Moult saw a second-half effort deflected wide, with Motherwell's dominance of possession reflected in the number of chances they created.

Motherwell's victory leaves Partick Thistle second bottom of the Premiership and still looking for their first league win of the season.

The home side delivered the first effort of the game, which came from Moult as he created space on the edge of the penalty area. But his defected shot was held by Partick Thistle Tomas Cerny low to his right.

Cerny was involved again moments later, as he escaped with a yellow card when he clattered Bowman after advancing out of his area to try to clear a Moult through pass.

Motherwell defender Peter Hartley
Motherwell defender Peter Hartley opened the scoring with his second goal of the season

From the resultant free kick, Motherwell opened the scoring. Moult's strike from the set piece rebounded off the right-hand post and Hartley adjusted his footing six yards out to knock the ball over the line for his second goal of the season.

The home side came close to doubling their lead with two fine efforts. Moult's shot was superbly saved by Cerny then fell to Chris Cadden and his follow-up effort was blocked on the line by Partick defender Paul McGinn.

Thistle haven't won at Fir Park since January 1996 and on their showing in the early exchanges that statistic did not look like changing.

The tenacious style of Motherwell's midfield did not allow the visitors to settle and only a cross from Miles Storey which Kris Doolan managed to get his head on looked like a threat to Trevor Carson's goal, but it flew well wide.

Motherwell striker Ryan Bowman
Motherwell striker Ryan Bowman finished the scoring with a shot high into the net from close range

Thistle began the second half livelier than they finished the first. Blair Spittal saw a free kick blocked by 'Well's defensive wall, then McGinn fired wide from the edge of the area.

But 'Well were still dangerous and doubled their lead through Tanner. Richard Tait cut the ball back from the left and the former Reading midfielder met it first time on his left foot to claim his second goal of the season.

Partick manager Alan Archibald rang the changes as he looked for his side to get back in the game. Doolan, Danny Devine and Spittal all made way for Conor Sammon, Chris Erskine and Steven Lawless as he looked for a response in the last half hour.

But it was Motherwell who continued to dominate and Moult watched in agony as his shot took a deflection before clipping the outside of the post.

Elliot Frear, who had replaced Moult, tried his luck from a wide left area, but Cerny did well to turn the ball round the post.

But from the resultant corner kick, Thistle struggled to clear their lines and Bowman took full advantage to shoot high into the net from eight yards.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 21Kipre
  • 6Hartley
  • 18Dunne
  • 7Cadden
  • 8McHughSubstituted forGrimshawat 83'minutes
  • 22Campbell
  • 2Tait
  • 27TannerSubstituted forRoseat 66'minutes
  • 12Bowman
  • 9MoultSubstituted forFrearat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Grimshaw
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 11Frear
  • 13Griffiths
  • 15Rose
  • 17Fisher

Partick Thistle

  • 1CernyBooked at 6mins
  • 5Keown
  • 15DevineSubstituted forErskineat 57'minutes
  • 4Turnbull
  • 17Nitriansky
  • 13BartonBooked at 33mins
  • 19EdwardsBooked at 87mins
  • 16McGinn
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forLawlessat 66'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forSammonat 55'minutes
  • 39Storey

Substitutes

  • 10Erskine
  • 11Lawless
  • 12Scully
  • 18Sammon
  • 20Nisbet
  • 24McCarthy
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
4,692

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 3, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Partick Thistle 0.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Milan Nitriansky.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Cedric Kipre (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Partick Thistle).

Hand ball by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

Booking

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Richard Tait (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Liam Grimshaw replaces Carl McHugh because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Partick Thistle 0. Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Attempt saved. Elliott Frear (Motherwell) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Niall Keown.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Milan Nitriansky.

Attempt blocked. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Elliott Frear replaces Louis Moult.

Andy Rose (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Milan Nitriansky (Partick Thistle).

Attempt blocked. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Richard Tait (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Richard Tait (Motherwell).

Paul McGinn (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Barton (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Andy Rose replaces Craig Tanner.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Blair Spittal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Niall Keown.

Attempt blocked. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Milan Nitriansky (Partick Thistle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic86202051520
2Aberdeen8620156920
3Rangers84221711614
4St Johnstone84221311214
5Motherwell84131310313
6Hibernian83411412213
7Hearts8233710-39
8Dundee82241016-68
9Hamilton82151217-57
10Ross County8215714-77
11Partick Thistle8035816-83
12Kilmarnock8035513-83
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