Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 1-1 Partick Thistle

By Jane LewisBBC Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium
Partick Thistle's Craig Slater (centre) celebrates after firing his side ahead.
Partick Thistle's Craig Slater (centre) celebrates after firing his side ahead.

Falkirk and Partick Thistle could not be separated as they both remain in the bottom two in the Championship.

Craig Slater gave Thistle a second-half lead, but within a minute Falkirk were level through Joe McKee.

It means Falkirk stay at the foot of the Championship, with Gary Caldwell's side just two points above them.

It's Thistle's first league point since in almost two months, but Caldwell is still searching for his first win since taking charge.

Injury to key players affected both sides in the build up to this one, and 25 minutes before kick-off Thistle lost goalkeeper Cammy Bell who injured himself in the warm-up.

With both teams looking nervy early on, this game offered very little in the first half. Thistle enjoyed greater possession, but to little impact.

The visitors started the second half as they did the first, but they had a bit more about them and they were duly rewarded when the ball fell to Slatter and he fired low in to the corner.

But Falkirk produced an immediate response. McKee's toe poked the ball past Jamie Sneddon.

The goals livened this match up, and both teams seemed to gain confidence, with further chances at either end.

Blair Spitall almost made it 2 -1 to the visitors with a well taken free-kick 25 yards out, but Leonardo Fasan got his finger tips to it.

And Fasan again did well to keep out Kris Doolan's glancing header.

In the final minutes Ton Dallison's header was deflected wide for Falkirk.

Post-match reaction

Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon: "Going into the game with the three players missing I probably would have taken a point. The players they worked their socks off, they worked extremely hard.

"We had to play in a certain manner today and we did that. They limited Partick Thistle to virtually nothing, and then a great response when we lost the goal."

Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell: "It was an outstanding performance away from home, a high pressure game, the bravery in possession, the control of the goal, the understanding of how we wanted to play, a fantastic performance.

"I think anyone at the game would say we should have won the game. They [Falkirk] will probably admit that as well."

Line-ups

Falkirk

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Fasan
  • 3McGhee
  • 15Harrison
  • 18Brough
  • 2Kidd
  • 6PatonBooked at 66mins
  • 22McKee
  • 8SammutSubstituted forHaberat 60'minutes
  • 14Robson
  • 25Irving
  • 9LewisSubstituted forDallison-Lisbonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Dallison-Lisbon
  • 12Mitchell
  • 16Dumbuya
  • 24Haber
  • 26Russell
  • 32Munro
  • 36Jarvis

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Sneddon
  • 2Elliott
  • 5Keown
  • 6McGinty
  • 3Penrice
  • 19StoreySubstituted forScobbieat 65'minutes
  • 17Slater
  • 8Bannigan
  • 7Spittal
  • 33QuitongoSubstituted forErskineat 72'minutes
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 10Erskine
  • 11Storer
  • 16McCarthy
  • 21Fitzpatrick
  • 26Stevenson
  • 37Scobbie
  • 39Ntambwe
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
4,589

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home3
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 1, Partick Thistle 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Partick Thistle 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Irving (Falkirk).

  4. Post update

    Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Niall Keown.

  6. Post update

    Andrew Irving (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle).

  8. Post update

    Jordan McGhee (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Scott Harrison (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tam Scobbie (Partick Thistle).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Patrick Brough.

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Stuart Bannigan.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Tom Dallison replaces Dennon Lewis.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces Jai Quitongo.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Leonardo Fasan.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr1493225121330
2Ross County137422491525
3Dundee Utd137332016424
4Inverness CT1441001913622
5Morton145541821-320
6Queen of Sth144642418618
7Dunfermline134361219-715
8Alloa13256917-811
9Partick Thistle1431101225-1310
10Falkirk142210821-138
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