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Partick Thistle 0-1 Hibernian

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Firhill

Hibernian climbed to third place in the Scottish Premiership after Adam Barton's own goal earned them a narrow win over bottom side Partick Thistle.

Chris Erskine tested Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano in a drab first half.

Barton's glanced header nestled in the bottom corner of the Thistle net three minutes into the second period.

Replacement Kris Doolan was denied by Marciano, and Anthony Stokes went close for Hibs as Partick fell four points adrift at the foot of the table.

The result maintains Hibs' unbeaten away record - they have not lost on the road since March, and a Championship defeat by St Mirren - and lifts them to within a point of Aberdeen, who meet Rangers on Sunday.

The first half was a virtual write-off in terms of meaningful action, with Thistle's Erskine blasting straight at Marciano inside the box, and Spittal's deflected free-kick drawing another good stop from the Israeli international.

It may have been a measure of Neil Lennon's dissatisfaction that the Hibs boss continued his half-time team talk out on the pitch before the second half got under way.

Perhaps spurred on by his manager's words of wisdom, Martin Boyle quickly took the initiative, driving purposefully through the Thistle defence, only to be scythed down by Jordan Turnbull.

Hibernian's Anthony Stokes cannot find the net after rounding Partick Thistle goalkeeper Tomas Cerny
Anthony Stokes was unable to finish after rounding Tomas Cerny

And though Stokes' initial free kick was defended well enough, when Lewis Stevenson curled the ball back into the box, Barton's unfortunate intervention took it past the wrong-footed Tomas Cerny.

Hibs sought to punish Thistle further but Alan Archibald's men weathered the storm to fashion opportunities of their own, the pick of which was created by Miles Storey and almost converted by substitute Doolan, but Marciano saved instinctively with his leg.

Thistle's failure to convert chances has been their downfall this season - the Premiership's lowest scorers played Storey, Doolan and Connor Sammon up front over the course of the match but couldn't find an equaliser.

Indeed, the visitors could have stretched their lead further when Stokes rounded Cerny but could not finish from a tight angle, and Efe Ambrose miscued his square pass from deep inside the Partick box.

Results elsewhere leave Thistle further adrift at the bottom of the table and though they have a game in hand on Dundee and Kilmarnock, they need to find a cutting edge - and quickly.

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "I think it was a very even game, there wasn't a lot in it. We worked their goalie with the best chances in the game.

"I thought it was quite a good game to watch. I'm quite positive about our play today. I thought we played some good stuff.

"We've still got to be positive, we've got a massive game next week [against Kilmarnock]. We've got a tough run of games coming up but they're good games in terms of six-pointers and we need to make sure we get points from them because we've got a chance to close that gap."

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon celebrates their win over Partick Thistle
After dropping points against St Johnstone and Hamilton, Neil Lennon's Hibernian preserved their unbeaten away record

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon: "I would like us to win games more comfortably although I'll take the win - it's a fantastic win and we've played very, very well.

"I thought we dominated territorially and possession-wise but that doesn't win you games and that's a bit of a bugbear at the minute. We missed some great chances to kill the game off second half and had to rely on Ofir to make a great save at one stage.

"Martin Boyle has been outstanding this season and he was outstanding again. He's one of the best players in the division now."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cerny
  • 16McGinn
  • 5Keown
  • 15Devine
  • 4TurnbullBooked at 47mins
  • 19Edwards
  • 13Barton
  • 7Spittal
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forFraserat 80'minutes
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forDoolanat 60'minutes
  • 39StoreySubstituted forSammonat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 12Scully
  • 18Sammon
  • 20Nisbet
  • 22Fraser
  • 24McCarthy
  • 37Woods

Hibernian

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Marciano
  • 25Ambrose
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forMatuleviciusat 90+2'minutes
  • 10McGeouch
  • 6Bartley
  • 8Slivka
  • 16Stevenson
  • 28StokesSubstituted forBarkerat 77'minutes
  • 15MurraySubstituted forShawat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Matulevicius
  • 20Barker
  • 32Shaw
  • 33Murray
  • 36Porteous
  • 41Dabrowski
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
4,997

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Hibernian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Hibernian 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

  4. Post update

    Deivydas Matulevicius (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Deivydas Matulevicius replaces Martin Boyle.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Conor Sammon (Partick Thistle).

  7. Post update

    Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Devine.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Niall Keown.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Gary Fraser replaces Chris Erskine.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Brandon Barker replaces Anthony Stokes.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Conor Sammon replaces Miles Storey.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Martin Boyle.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the left side of the box is too high.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

  18. Post update

    Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

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