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Partick Thistle 1-4 Dundee Utd: Lawrence Shankland treble for Championship leaders

Lawrence Shankland
Lawrence Shankland scored his third hat trick of the season in United's win

Lawrence Shankland scored a hat trick as a ruthless Dundee United beat Partick Thistle to move 17 points clear in the Scottish Championship.

Shankland, who had failed to net in two games, headed United in front after 39 minutes and Adrian Sporle doubled the lead before the break.

The striker then netted twice after the break to take his season's tally to 24.

Veteran striker Kenny Miller netted late on for Thistle, but that could not prevent them slipping to ninth.

Ian McCall will perhaps feel aggrieved at the outcome, given that his side arguably had the better of it before Shankland's opener.

However, the victory was a 11th in 12 games for United, who took advantage of call offs elsewhere to move further ahead.

Shankland scored a perfect hat trick - adding a finish with each foot to his first-half glancing header - and youngster Declan Glass also caught the eye for Robbie Neilson's side.

One disappointing note was the loss of Nicky Clark to injury, the striker being helped off with 13 minutes remaining with a leg problem.

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "I thought the first 25 minutes, we weren't really in the game. Once we got a wee bit of composure, passed it, and got Dylan Powers on the ball we took control.

"We're delighted for Lawrence but today was a wee bit marred by the injury to Nicky Clark. He'll get x-rayed tonight and we'll hope it's not too bad."

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall: "For the first half hour, that was the best we've played. We picked a really attacking team and thought we could get at them down the wing, and we did.

"We certainly should've been a goal ahead, maybe two goals ahead. They coasted the second half, we didn't play well at all in the second half."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 22Fox
  • 2WilliamsonSubstituted forMcGintyat 68'minutes
  • 4O'Ware
  • 43SaundersBooked at 29mins
  • 3Penrice
  • 7CardleSubstituted forAustinat 62'minutes
  • 12Cole
  • 8Bannigan
  • 19Zanatta
  • 9Miller
  • 10JonesSubstituted forRobsonat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sneddon
  • 6McGinty
  • 11Harkins
  • 15Robson
  • 17Slater
  • 18Mansell
  • 77Austin

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 44WatsonSubstituted forPawlettat 65'minutes
  • 5Connolly
  • 6Reynolds
  • 2Smith
  • 21GlassSubstituted forMochrieat 74'minutes
  • 4Powers
  • 3Sporle
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forKingat 77'minutes
  • 24ShanklandBooked at 67mins
  • 27Appere

Substitutes

  • 8Pawlett
  • 9Sow
  • 12Stanton
  • 13Mehmet
  • 22Freeman
  • 25King
  • 40Mochrie
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,101

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 4.

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

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United).

Foul by Reece Cole (Partick Thistle).

Dillon Powers (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 4. Kenny Miller (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Reece Cole (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Sean McGinty.

Foul by Dario Zanatta (Partick Thistle).

Adam King (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Chris Mochrie (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. James Penrice (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Adam King replaces Nicky Clark because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Chris Mochrie replaces Declan Glass.

Foul by Mitchell Austin (Partick Thistle).

Adrián Sporle (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Kenny Miller (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Kenny Miller (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Louis Appere (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Sean McGinty replaces Ryan Williamson.

Booking

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

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Dundee United 4. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Pawlett.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Peter Pawlett replaces Paul Watson.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Mitchell Austin replaces Joe Cardle.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Dundee United 3. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adrián Sporle.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Dario Zanatta (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Smith (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Reece Cole (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Kenny Miller (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Dundee United).

Foul by Thomas Robson (Partick Thistle).

Louis Appere (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Thomas Robson replaces Alexander Jones.

Second Half

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Dundee United 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Dundee United 2.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Dundee United 2. Adrián Sporle (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Declan Glass.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd21171348163252
2Inverness CT2011272922735
3Ayr2010193330331
4Dundee208572628-229
5Dunfermline2174103130125
6Queen of Sth197482021-125
7Arbroath207491822-425
8Morton2081112839-1125
9Partick Thistle2164112840-1222
10Alloa2046102134-1318
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