Partick Thistle and Dundee played out a in front of 2957 fans at Firhill which will have left manager Ian McCall furious with his side’s profligacy in front of goal in a game they dominated for long spells.
Thistle started the game in eighth place in the table, seven points behind this afternoon’s visitors with the Dens Park side sitting in fifth in the Championship ahead of kick-off.
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Partick had Scott Fox to thank for keeping the scores level when the keeper showed great reactions to keep out Danny Johnson’s header from close-range just four minutes in.
The hosts had the better possession but it was Dundee who had the most dangerous chances with Paul McGowan almost opening the scoring after quarter of an hour following some nice link-up play involving the energetic Johnson and Kane Hemmings but the Partick defence managed to kill the threat in the nick of time.
Kenny Miller must have thought he’d opened the scoring when his thunderous strike crashed off the underside of the bar and bounced on the line and out before Dundee eventually cleared and breathed a sigh of relief.
The Jags kept pushing forward looking for the opening goal and loanee Reece Cole was next to try his luck as his dipping shot almost caught Jack Hamilton out before whistling over the bar.
It was Dundee who promptly ran up the park and scored as Paul McGowan fired home a quick counter-attacking move to silence the home fans.
Hemmings had picked out the midfielder brilliantly and he netted from close-range to leave Partick with 14 minutes to draw level before the break.
Dundee almost grabbed a second but for some last-ditch defending as the ball pinged around in the penalty area before eventually being diverted for a corner which the Dark Blues wasted.
Thistle started the second period off like they did the first and had the Dundee back-line under pressure without being able to capitalise on their dominance.
What was probably worse for Ian McCall’s side was that they were barely making Dundee keeper Jack Hamilton work as they tried to draw level.
The breakthrough for Partick looked like coming but somehow Dundee were able to hang on for long spells of relentless attacks from the Jags without conceding an equaliser.
Dundee almost killed the game off with just over 30 minutes to play but Fox pulled off an impressive stop low down to his left to deny James McPake’s side a second goal of the game and keep hopes alive of a Thistle comeback.
Fox foiled Dundee again with a diving stop to deny Graham Dorrans’ strike from the edge of the area as it looked as though the former Rangers man had made it 2-0.
Partick were now starting to show real signs of frustration with a number of mistakes creeping in and players taking the wrong option when in possession.
With the clock ticking away, Jack Hamilton was finally forced into making a save as he just across his goal and kept out Miller’s effort from curling in at the back post.
McCall’s side kept probing and pressing Dundee with little end product as their wastefulness in front of goal came back to haunt them – setting Dundee up perfectly for the upcoming derby with city rivals United.