Thistle grind out a draw away from home

New St Mirren Park provided no joy for Thistle in their desperate attempt to break a run of bad luck with both teams unable to find the back of the net.

Heavy rain made playing heavy going with wind conditions not helping matters.

Thistle started better with Aaron Taylor-Sinclair only being let down by a lack of support.

A Stuart Bannigan shot took a touch of a St Mirren defender on its’ way past the post as conditions started to ease and Kallum Higginbotham saw a couple of efforts go wide of target with a Chris Erskine shot from distance suffering a similar fate.

Kallum Higginbotham was then stretchered off needing six stitches to a knee wound after a crude tackle by Jason Naismith, who collected a yellow card. teven Lawless came on in his place.

As the half draw to a close Thistle goalie Paul Gallacher made a fine save to deny the home side the lead.

At the other end James Craigen wasted Thistle’s best chance of the half after Taylor-Sinclair and Erskine had combined to give Craigen an opportunity at the back post; the Thistle player sending the ball high over the crossbar.

The second half followed a very similar pattern to that of the first with both sides expending plenty of energy but finding themselves out of luck in front of goal.

Gallacher was once again called into action in the 51st minute when he had to save low down.

The Thistle keeper, however, was beaten in the 78th minute as the game really started to open up in the closing stages, but McGowan’s effort smacked off the base of the Thistle post.

Two minutes later it was Thistle’s turn to hit the frame of the goal with a tremendous effort from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair from fully 30 yards out clipping the top of the crossbar.

In the closing stages the visitors were able to apply some pressure with Doolan momentarily manage to get clear of the St Mirren defence, but he was quickly closed down.