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Partick Thistle v Dundee Utd. Friday evening Firhill. Ist game of the new season in the SPFL Premiership. United's Andrew Robertson holds off  Stephen O'Donnell.Picture Robert Perry Scotland on Sunday 2nd Aug 2013
Partick Thistle v Dundee Utd. Friday evening Firhill. Ist game of the new season in the SPFL Premiership. United's Andrew Robertson holds off Stephen O'Donnell.Picture Robert Perry Scotland on Sunday 2nd Aug 2013

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald is hoping their first victory in more than 20 years over Dundee United will end their bad run.

Archibald said: “We got a reaction from the lads which was badly needed. We’ve had a couple of terrible performances in recent months, but we thoroughly deserved this win.”

A spectacular Stephen O’Donnell goal opened the scoring but Archibald was disappointed not to already be in front.

He said Thistle had a number of chances before that first goal which they should have taken, adding: “We had a number of chances before the goal but we never took them. Higginbotham also had one which was just offside.”

The defence also came under scrutiny following the previous week’s disastrous 3-1 home defeat to Ross County. In the first half of the season the defence was probably the strongest part of the squad, but in the second half it has let a lot of goals in.

However, against United the defence played really well and got back on top form.

The win means that Thistle maintain their advantage over the bottom three in the league, Motherwell, St Mirren and Ross County.

The Firhill players are now preparing for an important match on Saturday when they travel north to Dingwall to face Ross County.