Partick Thistle 2 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, November 28th, 2009, 3:00 PM at Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 2,353
Referee: Dougie McDonald
Partick Thistle Inverness CT

Adams (53)
Lovell (68)
Ross Tokely (7)

Team Managers
Ian McCall Terry Butcher

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
David Proctor
Nauris Bulvitus
Russell Duncan
Johnny Hayes
Adam Rooney
Richie Foran
Dani Sanchez

Kyle Allison
Lee Cox
Robert Eagle
Daniel Stratford
Eric Odhiambo

McKeown => Hodge (46)
Erskine => Donnelly (74)
Doolan => Corcoran (85)
Eric Odhiambo for Dani Sanchez (64)
Lee Cox for David Proctor (85)

Cairney (88) Grant Munro (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 48 apps -
Stuart Golabek 244 apps5 goals
Nauris Bulvitus 22 apps3 goals
Ross Tokely 498 apps33 goals
David Proctor 111 apps8 goals
Grant Munro 306 apps10 goals
Johnny Hayes 22 apps3 goals
Russell Duncan 305 apps9 goals
Adam Rooney 59 apps15 goals
Richie Foran 38 apps10 goals
Dani Sanchez 20 apps6 goals
Lee Cox (sub) 23 apps2 goals
Eric Odhiambo (sub) 14 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Johnny Hayes (22 years 148 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (2011 years 121 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 57 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lee Cox (19 years 160 days)
Oldest Player:Dani Sanchez (2011 years 121 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 223 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Partick win in the mist:

There's little point in getting too outraged about this. It was a fairly even, fairly poor game between two first division sides. We never really got started despite taking an early lead: I think Partick sat in a little more than Dundee last week, which meant Hayes' pace was less effective. Sanchez was closely marked and seemed to get bullied off the ball a little too easily. Neither team was fully in control at any point in either half, but we seemed to get cut open a little too easily for the goals, although the mist was a bit too thick to see exactly what happened.

In terms of individuals, I felt neither full back played well today: Rosscoe in particular was guilty of a lot of poor distribution and both looked laboured trying to track back. Both central midfielders worked hard, Duncan especially, but there was a serious lack of vision in their passing. Foran tired his best but as with Hayes, seemed to struggle to cope with the Partick defence sitting in. Rooney looked isolated for most of the game despite working hard and Eric, when he came on, hinted at a lot of promise when running on to a ball but had a poor first touch.

Overall, a draw would have been fair, a defeat was harsh, but as a reminder that promotion is a rare thing for any team relegated to the first division, the game was a good barometer.

overview by alternative maryhill


Wanderer saw it like this: Another bad day at the office...It was like deja vu all over again. My first shout at KO "It's 90 minutes this week lads" obviously not loud enough!

Unlike last Sunday I thought the 2 sides were more evenly matched. At least we huffed and puffed and gave the appearance of trying although, as has been said, Partick played much deeper than Dundee and space for runners was at a premium.

Esson had at least 2 (or 3) class saves in the first half and the fact we spent time singing his praises demonstrates it wasn't just our forwards getting the chances. Our goal, from a Hayes free kick which found the danger area, was a fair reflection of the play up to that point.

120 ICT fans singing well and not a peep from the 2000 Partick supporters in the first 45 minutes.

Second half we looked disorganised, lacking confidence and all too willing to hoof the ball back to a grateful PT defence.

"Keep it tight for 10 minutes" I was thinking, the rest is history. The PT fans suddenly woke up and, perhaps thankfully, we couldn't see half of what was going on in the b0llock freezing conditions.

First part of the season we didn't know how to play in the first half, now we've got that cracked it seems the players think the job's done at HT. These players are full-time professionals aren't they?


Match report written by Alternative Maryhill

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Queen of the South 14 8 3 3 24 11 13 27
2. Dundee 14 7 6 1 19 12 7 27
3. Partick Thistle 15 7 4 4 25 16 9 25
4. Ross County 14 7 4 3 18 15 3 25
5. Inverness CT 15 6 4 5 26 19 7 22
6. Raith Rovers 15 6 4 5 17 17 0 22
7. Dunfermline 14 6 3 5 18 16 2 21
8. Morton 15 5 0 10 17 29 -12 15
9. Ayr United 15 1 6 8 10 24 -14 9
10. Airdrie United 15 1 4 10 11 26 -15 7