Miles Storey’s injury-time strike earned Partick Thistle their first Ladbrokes Premiership victory of the season after they came from behind to beat Dundee.
Fortune favours the brave they say and there was certainly ample evidence of the old maxim at Firhill as Partick Thistle turned it around in the last 15 minutes to claim their first victory of the season. Dundee should have had them buried as Ajay Leitch-Smith scorned the chance get a double and put them two up after seeing his penalty saved by Tomas Cerny midway through the first half. There were plenty more scares for Alan Archibald’s men but somehow by sheer force of will they dragged themselves back into the game, crowning it with Miles Storey’s winner in second minute of time added-on.
Thistle have, and doubtless will, play an awful lot better this season, but sometimes team spirit and a couple of breaks are the key ingredients in a game. Their goals weren’t elegantly executed affairs, but they just kept going and going and wrested the three points they so dearly craved. However it also has to be said that Dundee threw this one away big style failing to make their early dominance count.
Archibald left the post-match media conference duties to his assistant Scott Paterson whose sentiments were surely echoed by all at the Maryhill club. “I think the players deserve so much credit.” he insisted. “Given the run we’ve been on I thought they showed so much character. We won the game and now we look to build on this.”
Few in Firhill who witnessed Dundee’s blistering opening to the match would have believed that they would leaving the stadium empty handed. After tearing apart the fragile looking Thistle rearguard they got themselves ahead after only eight minutes through Leitch-Smith’s close range diving header.
Even during this early pounding however the home side not want for effort and imagination, especially when on the offensive. Ryan Edwards almost equalised with an audacious 40 yard drive that caught out Scott Bain in the Dundee goal only for it to land on the roof of the net. The pivotal moment in the game came shortly afterwards as the livewire Leitch-Smith was tripped by Tomas Cerny after bursting into the box.
Neil McCann the Dundee manager was incensed that the Thistle goalkeeper was only shown a yellow card by match referee Euan Anderson – “I don’t think Cerny makes any attempt to get the ball – he’s cleaned out the player.” The salt was well and truly rubbed in the wound when he saved Leitch-Smith’s own attempt from the penalty spot with his outstretched foot. Later on he also made a fine reflex block from Sofien Moussa to compound the visitors’ sense of injustice.
Immediately after the break Dundee continued to dominate forcing Archibald to start shuffling his pack with Miles Storey, Blair Spittal and Kris Doolan all introduced. In hindsight the switches proved to be inspired. Gradually they began to exert some pressure with their first genuine chance of the second half they struck decisively. Bain was unable to grasp a modest effort from Doolan and Edwards was rewarded for his afternoon’s endeavours by being in the right place to slot home the equaliser.
Suddenly it was the visitors’ defence that was riddled with uncertainty and having failed to hold their line Doolan burst clear and crossed for Storey to slide in an unlikely winner with just seconds remaining.