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Partick Thistle 0-2 Kilmarnock

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Firhill

Kilmarnock claimed their first Scottish Premiership win of the season as new manager Steve Clarke watched from the stand against Partick Thistle.

Kris Boyd gave the visitors the lead shortly before half-time, pouncing on a slack clearance by Niall Keown.

And Adam Frizzell's stunning 25-yard strike doubled Killie's lead in the second half.

Clarke will formally take charge next week with his new side three points above bottom team Thistle.

Killie had been at the foot of the table, trailing the Jags on goals scored, but move on to six points after nine games while Thistle still await their maiden league victory this term.

Academy boss Paul McDonald took charge of the visitors and with former Scotland defender Clarke in the directors' box, Kilmarnock understandably looked keen to impress.

Steve Clarke
Clarke takes over at Killie after spells in charge of West Brom and Reading

Though Thistle played some pretty football, they failed to test Jamie MacDonald before the break, whereas Killie, when piling forward, looked to carry a menace.

Greg Taylor, Jordan Jones and Rory McKenzie had all threatened Tomas Cerny's goal before they finally took the lead.

When that came about, it was every bit as much about dreadful defending as it was clinical finishing.

Jones sent a speculative ball into the penalty area, which Keown failed to deal with. The Thistle defender headed straight into the path of Boyd, who slotted in from eight yards.

Killie's second was a different story. It owed everything to superb technique on the part of Frizzell.

Just a minute after Boyd had watched a header cleared off the line by Milan Nitrianksy, the ball broke to the midfielder, whose fierce drive flew into the top corner.

Adam Frizzell celebrates
Frizzell's goal was his first of the season

Perhaps the desire to impress the new manager played its part, but worryingly for Thistle boss Alan Archibald, Kilmarnock looked hungrier for the points.

It was not until added time they seriously tested MacDonald - Kris Doolan forcing a brilliant save from the keeper with his effort from the edge of the box before Conor Sammon knocked the ball against the post.

But it was much too late for Thistle, who have a lengthy injury list, matched only by the length of their winless run, which now stretches to 15 Premiership games going back to last season.

Archibald has survived similar periods, most recently at the beginning of last season, when they had just one win in nine but recovered to reach the top six.

But they desperately require inspiration from somewhere, whereas Kilmarnock's outlook suddenly looks a great deal brighter.

Post-match reaction

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "We didn't deserve to win the game, no doubt. We had a lot of the ball but we didn't do enough with it. We didn't move it quick enough.

"Disappointing goals - one's from a throw-in and one's from a kick-out.

"Bitterly disappointed. The first goal was always going to be vital in the game and Kilmarnock got that and they made it really difficult for us. We had a lot of possession but we weren't penetrative enough, we didn't get in behind them enough to cause them enough problems and it allowed Kilmarnock to play on the counter.

"It was a real good away performance from Kilmarnock, they deserved their win.

"Confidence wasn't there today. After we went a goal down you could see that a little bit. It was on for us to get on the ball, go and play and we need to be brave. We need to make sure our players get on the ball and still look to play at the right times because it'll only get harder."

Kilmarnock interim manager Paul McDonald: "Today wasn't about me. Today was about the players and the effort and commitment they showed on the pitch, so all credit to them. I'm quite happy now the game's out the way, the new manager's in place and I can go back to the shadows of the academy.

"Steve [Clarke] introduced himself to the squad this morning, gave them a pep talk and it certainly worked. When this club brings in such an ambitious manager as Stevie, it shows the direction we want to go.

"He'll have his own aspirations for the club and he'll take us forward using the experience of the levels he's played and managed at."


Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 17Nitriansky
  • 15Devine
  • 5Keown
  • 16McGinn
  • 19Edwards
  • 13BartonBooked at 13minsSubstituted forMcCarthyat 78'minutes
  • 7Spittal
  • 10Erskine
  • 39StoreySubstituted forSammonat 65'minutes
  • 9Doolan


  • 4Turnbull
  • 12Scully
  • 18Sammon
  • 24McCarthy
  • 31Wilson


  • 1MacDonald
  • 4Greer
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 17Findlay
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forThomasat 88'minutes
  • 6Power
  • 11Jones
  • 12TaylorBooked at 81minsSubstituted forWatersat 85'minutes
  • 9BoydSubstituted forErwinat 76'minutes
  • 21Frizzell


  • 15Thomas
  • 16Boyd
  • 18Waters
  • 22Erwin
  • 23Hawkshaw
  • 25Brophy
  • 26Bell
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Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamKilmarnock
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  5. Post update

    Andrew McCarthy (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Calum Waters (Kilmarnock).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Dom Thomas replaces Rory McKenzie.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Calum Waters replaces Greg Taylor.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Conor Sammon (Partick Thistle).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

  12. Booking

    Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Paul McGinn (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

  16. Post update

    Conor Sammon (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Gordon Greer (Kilmarnock).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Andrew McCarthy replaces Adam Barton.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Erwin replaces Kris Boyd.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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