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Arbroath 2-1 Partick Thistle: visitors slip to bottom spot

By Heather DewarBBC Scotland at Gayfield
Wighton scores on his Arbroath debut after signing on loan from Hearts
Wighton scores on his Arbroath debut after signing on loan from Hearts

Arbroath consigned Partick Thistle to the bottom of the Scottish Championship and kept in touch in the play-off race with a 2-1 victory at Gayfield.

Michael McKenna put the home side ahead after just five minutes, before Hearts loanee Craig Wighton added the second on debut before the break.

Patrick Thistle had chances, but new signing Brian Graham's stoppage-time finish was mere consolation.

Ian McCall's side are now two points adrift of ninth-placed Alloa.

But the victory moves Dick Campbell's Arbroath up one place to sixth, just one point behind Dundee in fourth, who occupy the final play-off spot.

Arbroath assistant manager Ian Campbell: "The wind machine was on today but we ran out deserved winners, first half we were tremendous. In the second half the wind was in their favour and they were on top but didn't really look like scoring- it was all about Arbroath today.

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall: "I thought they handled the conditions far better. They deserved their 2-0 lead and deserved to win the game.

"We didn't do the dirty side of the game well enough. We're in a dog fight now and we have to win games."

Line-ups

Arbroath

  • 21Gaston
  • 2Thomson
  • 4Little
  • 5O'Brien
  • 3Hamilton
  • 9HilsonSubstituted forKaderat 81'minutes
  • 6Whatley
  • 22VirtanenBooked at 90mins
  • 14WightonSubstituted forSwankieat 89'minutes
  • 8McKenna
  • 15DonnellySubstituted forGoldat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jamieson
  • 7Gold
  • 10Swankie
  • 11Linn
  • 12Kader
  • 16Stewart
  • 23Chalmers

Partick Thistle

  • 22Fox
  • 43Saunders
  • 4O'Ware
  • 6McGintySubstituted forCardleat 46'minutes
  • 21O'Connor
  • 8Bannigan
  • 12Cole
  • 16MacKinnonSubstituted forBarjonasat 65'minutes
  • 3Penrice
  • 9Graham
  • 10JonesSubstituted forZanattaat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sneddon
  • 7Cardle
  • 15Robson
  • 17Slater
  • 19Zanatta
  • 20Barjonas
Referee:
David Lowe
Attendance:
1,418

Match Stats

Home TeamArbroathAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arbroath 2, Partick Thistle 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arbroath 2, Partick Thistle 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Arbroath 2, Partick Thistle 1. Brian Graham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

  4. Booking

    Miko Virtanen (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Miko Virtanen (Arbroath).

  6. Post update

    Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Swankie (Arbroath).

  8. Post update

    Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Gavin Swankie replaces Craig Wighton.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Miko Virtanen (Arbroath).

  12. Post update

    Reece Cole (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  14. Post update

    Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Lee O'Connor (Partick Thistle).

  16. Post update

    Craig Wighton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Thomas O'Ware (Partick Thistle).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Omar Kader replaces Dale Hilson.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Barjonas (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dale Hilson (Arbroath).

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