By Blair McNally

Falkirk and Partick Thistle played out a 0-0 draw in their crucial League One battle, the Jags ending the game with 10 men.

The Bairns were aiming to further their six-point lead at the League One summit. Second placed Thistle came into this game knowing it was a vital three points to gain if they wanted to strengthen their League One title bid.

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Big game in Falkirk. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The first chance of the match came shortly after proceedings begun as Callumn Morrison crossed a dangerous ball into the box, however, Morgaro Gomis failed to connect properly, heading wide with a diving header.

Falkirk continued to threaten the Thistle goal as the Jags held strong. The high winds and strong rain meant very little of ground ball was played, causing a game of hoofball between both sides.

Falkirk were nearly ahead after26 minutes,  Thistle keeper Kieran Wright misjudging a through ball. The recovering Darren Brownlie was there to make sure the clean sheet stayed intact with an excellent block, preventing the on rushing Morrison.

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Brownlie made a good block. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Ten minutes before half-time, the game sparked into life, as Thistle came inches away from taking the lead. A beautiful exchange across the box found stand-in right-back Ciaran McKenna on the right side of the goal. He found former Falkirk man Zak Rudden, who crashed a shot up and off the bar.

Just a matter of minutes later Rudden had an even better chance, this time in a one-on-one situation. He opened up his body and curled a lovely shot into the bottom right corner. Much to the frustration of Ian McCall, his shot this time bounced off the post.

Rudden would soon frustrate his boss more. After a missed opportunity, Rudden turned and proceeded to shout something at the referee. This instigated a straight red card from Duncan Williams, leaving Thistle with a mountain to climb.

Partick Thistle v Queen of the South (Ladbrokes Championship)

Rudden was sent off. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

After the red card, the game opened up with the home team causing problems, looking to take advantage of the extra man on the park. There was to be little to no action for the remainder of the match as the Boxing day crunch match failed to live up to expectation. Here are three things we learned.

Falkirk comfortable

Sitting six points clear at the top, Falkirk don’t look like falling behind anytime soon. With top-flight experience in their ranks, they will be definite contenders for automatic promotion this season.

The Bairns also look strong in the midfield which will be vital in games later on in the season.

Falkirk co-managers Lee Miller and David McCracken

Falkirk co-managers Lee Miller and David McCracken. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

League One season still alive

If Thistle want to finish in top spot this season, they will need to start racking up consecutive wins. Dominant performances are definitely a positive sign, especially against the league leaders, but as we’ve seen this season, possession doesn’t win games.

If the Jags can get a run of wins under their belt, there’s no reason why they can’t challenge the team they matched away from home.

Thistle failing to finish

As we have seen in recent games, Thistle have been excellent in the build up play with some beautiful interchanges. This means nothing, however, if it doesn’t result in hitting the back of the net.

With several missed chances in this game, things were very much the same. McCall will need to get back in the training ground and put the players to practice.

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