By Ben McNicol
The Jags started brightly and made their dominance count as they raced into a lead when Alex Jones slammed home a cross from Ryan Williamson.
Morton rallied after falling behind and were handed an excellent opportunity to level things as referee Euan Anderson awarded a penalty following a foul on Reece Lyon.
Kyle Jacobs was handed the ball and he made no mistake from the spot as he sent Scott Fox the wrong way. Thistle started the second half the better side and retook the lead on the 61st minute when former Morton man Tom O’Ware’s scored his first goal for The Jags. He tapped home Reece Cole’s corner at the front post.
Ian McCall’s men held onto what was a vital three points and the Thistle manager dedicated the win to the late club owner Colin Weir, who sadly passed away prior to the match. Here are three things we learned.
Partick Thistle comfortable all afternoon
Despite the scoreline showing that it may have been a close game, it was far from it. Partick Thistle dominated most of the game. They played some excellent football all afternoon which makes you wonder why they are sat in eighth position.
Morton will be disappointed with their afternoon though. Long balls to John Sutton were largely ineffective and he was left chasing his own shadow. The only real threat they posed was when Scott Fox nearly gifted them a goal and the penalty.
Fans were beginning to get restless towards the end and after one shouted at the Morton manager about his tactics, Hopkin was forced to shut him down. A few signings may be needed in January to aid the Ton’s survival bid.
O’Ware haunts his former club with his first Thistle goal
The Partick Thistle centre-half could have timed his first Jags goal any better. Not only did it secure a massive three points, but it also came against his former side.
Home fans were booing and abusing him all afternoon and he got the final word as he silenced them when he headed home the winner.
Thistle for the play offs?
Today’s win could be a turning point in the Jags season. They are now five point clear of bottom side Alloa, who also picked up a remarkable away win at East End Park today.
Thistle travel to Alloa next weekend and a win would put them closer to the play-offs than to the bottom of the table. The Championship is such a tight and competitive league, so if the Maryhill side could pull a couple of wins together, they are more than capable of challenging for the play offs.