Partick Thistle 1 - 1 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Saturday, December 23rd, 2023, 3:00 PM at Firhill, Glasgow
Attendance: 3,326
Referee: Graham Grainger
Partick Thistle Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Jack McMillan (15) Max Anderson (1)

Team Managers
Kris Doolan Duncan Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Jamie Sneddon
Jack McMillan
Aaron Muirhead
Lewis Neilson
Harry Milne
Ben Stanway
Kerr McInroy
Steven Lawless
Blair Alston
Aidan Fitzpatrick
Brian Graham
Mark Ridgers
Nikola Ujdur
Cameron Harper
Morgan Boyes
Jake Davidson
Daniel Devine
Charlie Gilmour
Max Anderson
David Wotherspoon
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay

Bench
Wasiri Williams
Stuart Bannigan
Scott Robinson
Ben Williamson
James Lyon
Zander Mackenzie
David Mitchell
Ricco Diack
Tomi Adeloye
Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Sean Welsh
Robbie Thompson
Cillian Sheridan
Keith Bray
Adam Brooks
Luis Longstaff

Substitutions
Stuart Bannigan -> Blair Alston (62)
Scott Robinson -> Ben Stanway (62)
Tomi Adeloye -> Brian Graham (82)
Zander Mackenzie -> Kerr McInroy (82)
Luis Longstaff for Billy Mckay (75)
Cillian Sheridan for David Wotherspoon (90)

Bookings
Kerr McInroy (62) Daniel Devine (43)
Nikola Ujdur (57)
Charlie Gilmour (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 256 apps -
Nikola Ujdur 13 apps1 goal
Cameron Harper 140 apps9 goals
Daniel Devine 197 apps7 goals
Morgan Boyes 14 apps -
Jake Davidson 16 apps1 goal
Charlie Gilmour 22 apps1 goal
Max Anderson 14 apps2 goals
David Wotherspoon 10 apps5 goals
Billy Mckay 268 apps108 goals
Nathan Shaw 67 apps13 goals
Cillian Sheridan (sub) 8 apps -
Luis Longstaff (sub) 19 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (22 years 48 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 70 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 354 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Keith Bray (17 years 270 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 70 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 316 days
Domestic Players:11 (57.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Merry Xmas



Danny Devine was fit enough to start and Jake Davidson again replaced the injured Wallace Duffy at right back. Otherwise no surprises in the Inverness starting XI or bench. As per normal, Brian Graham will present our defence with a robust challenge with Fitzpatrick and McInroy able and willing elfs. 205 visiting fans were on hand to check out this one and at the end of the day Status Quo was maintaned as all five games ended level this weekend. Max Anderson and Jack McMillan were the scorers today.

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Ooooooft, having got the match underway, it was an early start for the visitors who caught Partick cold as Max Anderson's weak effort deflected off a defender and found the net after an assist from Billy Mckay, long before all the bums had landed in their seats. 21 seconds apparently! The fast start continued in the third minute as Cammy Harper shot over from the left side. Alas, Jack McMillan squared the game after quarter of an hour scoring from close range. Fitzpatrick shot wide after twenty minutes and Ridgers was then brought into action to stop a long range low effort from Ben Stanway. Ten minutes before the break Wotherspoon bounced a shot just wide from the edge of the box as we ventured forth. A free kick in a promising position for the hosts ended when Graham shot over from just outside the box. Charlie Gilmour had the final effort of the half in stoppage time but it was well wide of the target. Partick with the bulk of the play but it remained all square at the interval. A late goal for Arbroath on half time meant that Inverness had gone from 8th to 5th to 9th over the course of the first forty-five. Meh!

HALF TIME: 1-1

The hosts set the ball in motion for the second half and they were quick to avoid a repeat of the first minutes of the match as they went straight onto the front foot winning a couple of early corners before Aderson went close to his second of the game as the visitors wenr up the park. Devine did well to deny McMillan his second as he cleared his effort away from goal and Ujdur was booked for fouling Milne moments later. Partick were first with the changes after the hour. Ujdur took a knock but was able to continue and almost got on the end of the ball during a melee following a corner with fifteen minutes remaining. More corners followed but nothing doing before Longstaff saw his shot blocked five minutes before the end. Harper went down in the box but big appeals for a penalty went unanswered. It ended with a point apiece at a difficult venue.

FULL TIME: 1-1

A good point at a difficult venue and one which keeps us in eighth place after a late goal for Dunfermline scuppered the Smokies.

After the last two defeats, this was a welcome performance and point for the 205 hardy souls who braved the weather to keep away from the Xmas shopping.

Have a great Christmas.



From BBC Sports

Partick Thistle manager Kris Doolan: "Inverness are a good team and a point is probably fair. It was such a freak goal to give away but the way we react is key. We get on the front foot and Jack McMillan scores a fantastic goal."

Inverness CT manager Duncan Ferguson: "We couldn't have started any better. We created chances and could've had a couple of goals. "Everyone could see our attacking play which is lovely to watch, and on another day we could've had a penalty - we're not getting any 50-50 decisions at all. But we're really happy."

Mantis saw it like this:

That turned out to be a valuable point thanks to the Pars late equaliser. Both sets of players deserve nothing but praise considering the awful conditions. We totally dominated the opening 15 minutes and had a couple of half chances to double the lead which appeared to deflect off a defender and trundle in. Partick scored with their first attack of the game and it was a case of tragic failure to clear the ball. Never would have happened with Robbie Deas in there. We’re playing with 3 centre backs and nobody seems to know what their job is.
We went to pieces after that and Partick murdered us for the rest of the half. Going by previous visits to Firhill we feared the worst for the second half but it never materialised. We really dominated the last half hour and had very few clear cut chances but it was like the Alamo with Partick defending scrambles in their six yard box and we must have had about 8 corners.
However we’re still trying to walk it into the net with nobody trying to take a risk. Graham was substituted having had very little influence for once. So was Billy, for Longstaff, and he must have been frustrated trying to pull down long balls from Ridgers all day with big Muirhead breathing down his neck.
Two shockers from Grainger the ref. He booked Ujdur for a clash of heads where the Partick player came off worst, and he missed a stonewall penalty when Cammy was hauled down late on. A draw away at Partick is not to be sniffed at against a team that has 29 points and a decent squad with Milne, Graham, Lawless and Alston.

Match report written by tm4tj/Mantis



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Raith Rovers 18 12 5 1 37 26 11 41
2. Dundee Utd 17 10 6 1 34 7 27 36
3. Partick Thistle 17 8 5 4 34 27 7 29
4. Dunfermline 16 6 4 6 20 18 2 22
5. Ayr United 17 5 4 8 26 34 -8 19
6. Morton 16 5 3 8 17 24 -7 18
7. Airdrieonians 17 5 3 9 14 22 -8 18
8. Inverness CT 17 4 5 8 20 21 -1 17
9. Arbroath 16 5 1 10 21 31 -10 16
10. Queens Park 17 3 6 8 19 32 -13 15