Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Partick Thistle

Friday, 28th Sep 2018

Ladbrokes Championship: (home) 7.45pm kick off at East End Park

It is over five years since Friday night`s opponents Partick Thistle last visited East End Park. The Pars two home defeats to Thistle in season 2012-2013 were just the third and fourth away wins for over 29 years but the Pars have failed to win in the last five visits from the Jags. The 10-1 win in 1959 is one of the club`s most famous victories, as it prevented almost certain relegation.

Milestones Partick (home)
Last League Victory | 14/11/09 | 3-1 | SPL
Last League Defeat | 02/03/18 | 0-4 | First Div
Best League Victory | 18/04/59 | 10-1 | Div One*
Worst League Defeat | 07/01/28 | 1-7 | Div One*
Last Goalless Draw | 14/10/10 | 0-0 | First Div
*Pre league reconstruction

Dunfermline have an edge on the history in league competition against Partick Thistle with 33 wins to 26 losses in previous league meetings.

Dunfermline v Thistle: The Full League Record
At East End Park | P42 | W19 | D14 | L9 | F70 | A57
At Firhill | P40 | W14 | D9 | L17 | F50 | A68
Division One (up to 1975) | P45 | W18 | D14 | L13 | F77 | A72
Premier Division (since 1975) | P6 | W3 | D1 | L2 | F8 | A10
First Division (since 1975) | P31 | W12 | D8 | L11 | F35 | A43
TOTALS | P82 | W33 | D23 | L26 | F120 | A125

Last Twelve League matches

The last twelve league games have seen Dunfermline win three, draw three and lose six. The Pars last victory was over Thistle was in the Scottish Cup at Firhill in December 2012 when Andy Barrowman scored the only goal of the game. Scoring had become a problem for the Pars, they have scored only one goal against them in the five league matches but change all that in the last meeting a 3-3 draw at Firhill.

Last Twelve League Matches v Partick Thistle
Date | H/A | F-A | Scorers
27/04/13 | A | 3-3 | [0-1] McMillan, [1-1] Wallace, [1-2] Geggan, [1-3] Thomson, [2-3] Erskine, [3-3] Lawless
02/03/13 | H | 0-4 | [0-1] Craig, [0-2] Forbes, [0-3] Craig, [0-4] Craig
10/11/12 | A | 1-5 | [0-1] Lawless, [1-1] Muirhead og, [1-2] Balatomi, [1-3] O`Donnell, [1-4] Forbes, [1-5] Lawless
18/08/12 | H | 0-1 | [0-1] Lawless
26/03/11 | H | 0-0 | [0-0]
29/01/11 | A | 0-2 | [0-1] Erskine, [0-2] Doolan
14/12/10 | H | 0-0 .
25/09/10 | A | 2-0 | [1-0] Clarke, [2-0] Kirk
23/03/10 | H | 1-2 | [0-1] Buchanan, [1-1] McDougall, [1-2] Donnelly
23/01/10 | A | 4-1 | [1-0] Cardle, [2-0] Cardle, [3-0], Cardle, [4-0] Woods, [4-1] Buchanan
14/11/09 | H | 3-1 | [1-0] McDougall, [2-0] Gibson, [2-1] Cairney, [3-1] Gibson
19/09/09 | A | 0-2 | [0-1] Cairney, [0-2] Donnelly

Last time at East End Park
Dunfermline 0 Partick Thistle 4
Saturday 2nd March 2013

The visitors started strongly with Steven Lawless forcing Paul Gallacher to turn the ball around his left hand post. When the corner came in from the right Steven CRAIG found himself in the centre of a crowded six yard box and he poked the loose ball into the net. Four minutes on the clock, 0-1.

The Pars seemed to get over their early setback and Joe Cardle tried to carve out a route on the left side of the Thistle box and there was a period of good Pars possession until Ross FORBES struck a strong left footed shot from 30 yards out that beat Gallacher at his left hand post. 0-2

Seven minutes later things got worse when Stuart Bannigan slipped the ball through for CRAIG on the edge of the box and finished clinically beating Gallacher to his left. 0-3

In 33rd minute Aaron Sinclair made a surging run out of defence and sent Erskine wide left. When he crossed from the byeline Gallacher saved as the ball broke off Callum Morris but CRAIG was at the right goalpost to prod the ball home. 0-4 and the first ever senior hattrick for the Partick striker.

DUNFERMLINE: Paul Gallacher; Andy Geggan, Andy Dowie, Callum Morris, Jordan McMillan (c); Chris Kane, Ryan Thomson, Joe Cardle (Allan Smith 61); Craig Dargo (Ross Millen 70), Andy Kirk (Stephen Husband HT), Ryan Wallace.
SUBS NOT USED: John Potter, Michael Hrivnak (GK)

PARTICK THISTLE: Scott Fox; Stephen O`Donnell, Aaron Sinclair, Ross Forbes, Aaron Muirhead, Conrad Balatoni, Sean Welsh, Stuart Bannigan (James Craigen 49), Steven Craig (Kris Doolan 54), Steven Lawless (Mark McGuigan 78), Chris Erskine.
SUBS NOT USED: Alan Archibald, Glenn Daniels (GK),

Form last six matches

Morton (H) D 1-1
Alloa Athletic (H) D 0-0
Boreham Wood (A) D 0-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 0-3
Ayr United (A) L 1-4
Hearts (H) L 0-1

Queen of the South (H) W 3-2
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 2-3
East Fife (A) L 1-2
Morton (H) W 1-0
Dundee United (A) L 1-3
Celtic (H) W 1-3

League Form

League Position: 8th
League Points: 5
League Record: P6 W1 D2 L3 GF6 GA13
Goal Difference: -7
Last Six League Match Form: WLLLDD

League Position: 6th
League Points: 9
League Record: P6 W3 D0 L3 GF9 GA11
Goal Difference: -2
Last Six League Match Form: DWWLD

Partick have won all three of their home matches but lost all three league matches played away from home. Dunfermline seek their first league home win of the season. Having won six of their first seven matches this season they have now gone six without a win.

Last time out

(v Morton): Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Mark Durnan, Jackson Longridge: Louis Longridge, James Vincent, Malaury Martin, Aidan Connolly: Andy Ryan (Myles Hippolyte 82), Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Beadling, Joe Thomson, Stuart Morrison, Lewis McCann, Robbie Muirhead Cammy Gill (GK).

PARTICK THISTLE (v Queen of the South): Cammy Bell, Chris Elliott, Niall Keown, McGinty, James Penrice, Stuart Bannigan (Brice Ntambwe 80), Craig Slater, Blair Spittal, Miles Storey, Chris Erskine (Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo 75), Kris Doolan (Jai Quitongo 84)
SUBS NOT USED: Max Melbourne, Aidan Fitzpatrick, Dan Jefferies, Jamie Sneddon (GK)

Referee will be Kevin Clancy.

Championship matches on Saturday
Alloa Athletic v Falkirk
Dundee United v Ross County
Inverness Caley Thistle v Queen of the South
Morton v Ayr United

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