Partick Thistle destroy Hamilton Accies as second-half blitz leaves hosts reeling

Partick Thistle moved into the play-off positions in the Championship following a sensational 6-1 win away at Hamilton Accies.
Partick Thistle's players celebrate a fine win.Partick Thistle's players celebrate a fine win.
Partick Thistle's players celebrate a fine win.

In what was a galling night for Accies boss Stuart Taylor, his Jags counterpart Ian McCall was left beaming after his team scored five second-half goals to grab fourth position in the table.

Thistle took an early lead on seven minutes when Zak Rudden bundled the ball home from a corner and while the visitors looked slightly the better team in the opening period, nobody could have envisaged such a collapse from Hamilton after the break.

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Brian Graham – who was one of the best players on the pitch – converted from close range after a Rudden cross and after that, Accies totally folded.

Rudden netted again, Scott Tiffoney got in on the act, substitute Connor Murray scored and then Graham made it 6-0 with 15 minutes remaining, and the prospect of more goals were on the cards.

However, Hamilton restored a slither of respect when David Moyo headed in late on for a consolation, but this was Thistle’s night.

Their forward line of Graham and Rudden are linking up very well, with Stuart Bannigan and Ross Docherty dictating play in the middle. They made a statement of intent with this result.

Four other Championship matches are due to take place on Saturday. Leaders Inverness welcome Morton to the Highlands, Ayr United host Queen of the South, Kilmarnock travel to Dunfermline Athletic and Raith Rovers and Arbroath meet at Stark’s Park.