Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Partick Thistle

Tuesday, 26th Feb 2019

Ladbrokes Championship (home) v Partick Thistle, Tuesday 26th February 2019, kick off 7.45pm at East End Park.

On Tuesday night Gary Caldwell’s Partick Thistle are the next visitors to East End Park, fresh on the back of a 4-2 home defeat to Ross County - a game “by far the best we have played since I took over” claimed Caldwell.

While Thistle 2-0 up at the break, suffered a second half revival by Ross County the Pars were themselves finding the way to take their own three away points away from Somerset Park.

Having hit a bit of form both sides have won three of their last seven games and with the visitors currently sitting at the foot of the table everyone can expect this to be a fiercely contested match.

Up to fifth place on the league, Dunfermline following two successive wins will be hoping to keep that momentum going and make good use of the spirit that is building both on and off the park.

Milestones Partick (home)
Last League Victory | 28/09/18 | 1-0 | Championship
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 34 wins to 27 losses in previous league meetings.

Dunfermline v Thistle: The Full League Record
At East End Park | P43 | W20 | D14 | L9 | F71 | A57
At Firhill | P41 | W14 | D9 | L18 | F50 | A70
Championship | P2 | W1 | D0 | L1 | F1 | A2
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 | P84 | W34 | D23 | L27 | F121 | A127

Last meeting at East End Park
Friday 28th September 2019
Dunfermline 1 Partick Thistle 0

Aidan Connolly’s first goal for Dunfermline was enough to take all three points in this first home league win of the season.

The winnng goal came in 69 minutes. Andy Ryan had just fizzed a cross in front of goal, Jackson Longridge had no luck with a diagonal ball in from in front of the Jags dugout before Louis Longridge’s cross from the right travelled all the way across to Christie Elliott whose miskicked clearance set up CONNOLLY to stick the ball in net. 1-0

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Mark Durnan, Jackson Longridge: Louis Longridge, James Vincent, Malaury Martin, Aidan Connolly (Myles Hippolyte 90+2): Andy Ryan (Joe Thomson 80), Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Beadling, Ryan Williamson, Danny Devine, Robbie Muirhead Cammy Gill (GK).
SCORERS: Connolly (69)

PARTICK THISTLE: Cammy Bell, Christie Elliott (c), Niall Keown, Sean McGinty, James Penrice, Tam Scobbie (Chris Erskine 73), Stuart Bannigan, Craig Slater, Blair Spittal (Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo 78), Miles Storey, Kris Doolan (Jai Quitongo 67).
SUBS NOT USED: Brice Ntambwe, Max Melbourne, Aidan Fitzpatrick, Jamie Sneddon (GK)

Form Last Six Matches

Ayr United (A) W 1-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 1-0
Ross County (H) L 1-2
Morton (A) D 0-0
Raith Rovers (A) L 0-3
Dundee United (A) L 0-1

Ross County (H) L 2-4
Alloa Athletic (A) W 2-0
East Fife (A) W 1-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) W 2-1
Queen of the South (H) W 2-1
Stranraer (H) W 4-1

League Form

Unbeaten in 2019, Partick’s defeat to Ross County on Saturday was their first in eight games. They have lost eight of their twelve away league games this season, winning only at Alloa and Inverness. Thistle have taken eleven points from their last six league games as opposed to Dunfermline’s ten.

The Pars have won just three of their last eleven league matches but back to back wins against teams in the top four will be a confidence boost going into this game.

League Position: 5th
League Points: 31
Goal Difference: -5
Home League Record: P12 W3 D3 L6 GF9 GA14
Last Six League Match Form: DLDLWW

League Position: 10th
League Points: 25
Goal Difference: -13
Away League Record: P12 W2 D2 L8 GF10 GA21
Last Six League Match Form: DDWWWL

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Ayr United):
Ryan Scully: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, James Craigen: Tom Beadling: James Vincent, Joe Thomson, Ryan Blair: Aidan Connolly (Louis Longridge 66), Bruce Anderson (Myles Hippolyte 82).
SUBS NOT USED: Kallum Higginbotham, Mark Durnan, Matthew Todd, Cammy Gill (GK)

PARTICK THISTLE (v Ross County): Conor Hazard: Christie Elliott (c), Steven Anderson, Jack McMillan, James Penrice, Stuart Bannigan (Steven Saunders 72), Craig Slater, Blair Spittal, Gary Harkins (Alistair Roy 76), Aidan Fitzpatrick,, Kris Doolan (Scott McDonald 58)
SUBS NOT USED: Sean McGinty, Soulemayne Coulibaly, Lewis Mansell, Jamie Sneddon (GK)

Other Tuesday Championship Fixtures
Dundee United v Inverness Caley Thistle
Morton v Queen of the South
Ross County v Ayr United

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