Thistle out to break duck against Dundee United

It wasn't a good day at Motherwell on Saturday for Thistle defenders Frederic Frans or Calum Booth, seen trying to foil Stephen McManus.
It wasn't a good day at Motherwell on Saturday for Thistle defenders Frederic Frans or Calum Booth, seen trying to foil Stephen McManus.

Partick Thistle’s search for a first win of the season goes on this Saturday when they face fellow strugglers Dundee United at Firhill.

Alan Archibald’s side remain bottom of the Scottish Premiership pile following their latest defeat, at Motherwell on Saturday, while United are just one place and two points above them.

And for the second week running Thistle will face a side with something to prove after the dismissal of their manager, following the sacking of ex-Firhill boss Jackie McNamara after United’s defeat at St Johnstone.

Thistle at least did manage to find the net on Saturday, David Amoo netting only their third goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as ’Well took the points through a Freddie Frans own goal and a Scott McDonald counter.

Disappointed Thistle boss Alan Archibald told the club website: “I thought we deserved a point on the basis of our performance. That said, the goals we conceded were very, very poor.

“The first one comes with the ball going wide on the right to the winger, he beats Callum Booth and is able to fire the ball into the six yard box. Freddie gets his feet muddled up and it goes into the back of his net. The second one comes from our possession in our own half and is just a catalogue of mistakes.

“The lads showed a lot of character and belief to get themselves back into the game. We pushed Motherwell hard in the closing stages but it just wasn’t to be.

“We’ll have to go back to basics this week. We’ll look at the game, the only real positive we can take is the fact we scored a goal, so hopefully the win is the next record to go.”