Scottish Championship
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Dundee Utd 1-0 Partick Thistle: Lawrence Shankland goal earns leaders win

Lawrence Shankland
Lawrence Shankland's 17th goal of the season broke the deadlock

Dundee United maintained their three-point lead at the top of the Scottish Championship after Lawrence Shankland's 17th goal of the season earned victory over Partick Thistle.

The Scotland international headed in Louis Appere's delivery just after the hour at an angst-ridden Tannadice.

Shankland had earlier struck the bar in a game from which bottom side Thistle will feel they deserve something after missing several opportunities.

They remain five points from safety.

United, meanwhile, travel to face third-place Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday and may have to do without winger Peter Pawlett, who was replaced inside the opening minutes with a tight hamstring.

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "It was a difficult game and credit to Partick. It's a long season and there are going to be games like this where it's about finding a way to win.

"It wasn't pretty but it's another three points. We'll get nothing for free in this league because we are one of the big hitters."

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall: "We were terrific from start to finish. we certainly didn't deserve to lose. Nearly 90% of the second half was played in their half. I'm incredibly proud of how they played.

"They are playing big bucks for a centre forward and he was the difference because they were hanging on."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 18Butcher
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17RobsonBooked at 55mins
  • 7McMullan
  • 25KingSubstituted forStantonat 59'minutes
  • 23Harkes
  • 8PawlettSubstituted forAppereat 3'minutes
  • 10ClarkBooked at 87minsSubstituted forWatsonat 90+1'minutes
  • 24ShanklandBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Sporle
  • 11Smith
  • 12Stanton
  • 13Mehmet
  • 27Appere
  • 35Cooney
  • 44Watson

Partick Thistle

  • 22Fox
  • 2Williamson
  • 43Saunders
  • 6McGinty
  • 3PenriceBooked at 31mins
  • 16Palmer
  • 14Gordon
  • 19Zanatta
  • 8Bannigan
  • 7CardleSubstituted forHarkinsat 80'minutes
  • 9MillerSubstituted forMansellat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sneddon
  • 4O'Ware
  • 11Harkins
  • 17Slater
  • 18Mansell
  • 23De Vita
  • 24Kakay
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
6,929

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Booking

Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Paul Watson replaces Nicky Clark.

Attempt saved. Shea Gordon (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Nicky Clark (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

Lewis Mansell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Louis Appere (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Gary Harkins.

Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Saunders (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Gary Harkins replaces Joe Cardle.

Attempt missed. Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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

Nicky Clark (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Cameron Palmer.

Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Cameron Palmer (Partick Thistle).

Ian Harkes (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Shea Gordon (Partick Thistle) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul McMullan.

Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Lewis Mansell replaces Kenny Miller.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by James Penrice.

Samuel Stanton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shea Gordon (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Partick Thistle 0. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Louis Appere with a cross.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Samuel Stanton replaces Adam King.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul McMullan.

Booking

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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