MATCH PREVIEW: Partick Thistle

MATCH PREVIEW: Partick Thistle

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Partick Thistle versus MORTON

Saturday 9 Novermber 2019
Firhill Stadium, Partick
Kick-off 3.00pm

 

by Ewan Boyle

Scene Setter

Morton are back on the road for a second week in a row as they travel up the motorway to face Partick Thistle tomorrow afternoon in the Ladbrokes Championship.

The Jags are yet to find a home win in the league this season and on the other hand, the Ton remain winless away from home meaning that tomorrow’s encounter will be a must see for both sets of supporters.

The game comes following Morton’s 2-1 defeat away at Dundee at Dens Park last Friday night and whilst David Hopkin’s men put in a valiant effort, it wasn’t enough as Dundee sealed the win ten minutes from time.

For Ian McCall and Partick, their previous match was a 4-1 away defeat to Ayr which see them remain dead bottom of the Ladbrokes Championship.

Current Connections

After seven seasons of service at Cappielow and over 200 appearances, defender Thomas O’Ware moved to Partick Thistle at the beginning of last season and will be available for selection in the game.

Gary Harkins came to Cappielow two seasons ago, scoring eight goals in 41 appearances, and re-joined former club Partick on 27 December 2018 signing an 18-month contract after departing Queen of the South. Harkins recently returned from an operation and should be in the squad for the game tomorrow.

Head to Head

Sat 3 Nov 2018: Morton 5-1 Partick Thistle (Ladbrokes Championship)

Sat 29 Dec 2018: Partick Thistle 1-2 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)

Sat 30 March 2019: Morton 0-3 Partick Thistle (Ladbrokes Championship)

Fri 23 August 2019: Morton 3-2 Partick Thistle (Ladbrokes Championship)

Last Time Round

Morton produced another incredible comeback on in our previous meeting against Partick Thistle after coming back from 2-0 down to win the game 3-2 in front of the Cappielow crowd.

Partick took the lead by two goals to nil through goals from Miller and Da Vita and it seemed like the game was over with.

But on 74 minutes, the dream comeback began for Morton as Nicky Cadden sent a free kick sailing towards the goal which Scott Fox attempted to palm away but instead sent the ball into the net to give Morton a goal back in the game.

In quick succession, substitute John Sutton showed got the equalising goal as a corner into the box was met by the head of Bob McHugh who flicked the ball to the back post where John Sutton was waiting for the tap in, sending the Cowshed into scenes of madness.

But in typical Morton fashion, this game was not over yet as a long Lewis Strapp throw-in on 81 minutes was headered in by Brian McLean and saw the Ton players show their pride for the club in the celebrations that followed.

Officials

Referee: Bobby Madden

Assistant one: Drew Kirkland

Assistant two: Daniel Graves

Fan File

Admission prices are:

Adult | £20
Concession (Over 65, Student, and Under 21s) | £15
Child (Under 16) | £5

Away fans will be located in the Jackie Husband Stand and enter through turnstiles 40 & 41. Cash gates will be available on the day.

Fans under the influence of alcohol will not be admitted to the stadium and are liable to arrest. All bags will be searched with random persons searching undertaken.

Surfing flags are not permitted and any other flags will be checked to ensure that they are not offensive or derogatory. Partick Thistle have a policy on unacceptable conduct and behaviour which will be fully enforced.

Fans are asked to take care when leaving the stadium as Firhill Road will be open to vehicle traffic.

Please note, Partick Thistle will allow a drum into the stadium. It must be presented to a steward for inspection prior to entry.

If the use of the drum is causing a disturbance and affecting fan behaviour then it will be removed from the individual until the end of the match.

Travel

By Road: Partick Thistle Football Club, Firhill Stadium, 80 Firhill Road, Glasgow, G20 7AL

A8 – M8 – exit Junction 17 for A82 – keep to left fork A81 Aberfoyle – turn right at traffic lights on to St Georges Road A804 – left on to Garscube Road A81 towards the stadium. Please check Google maps for alternative routes.

By Rail: Greenock – Glasgow Central.  It is then quicker to walk to St Enoch or Buchanan Street underground and take the subway to St George’s Cross or Kelvinbridge. They are both a 10- to 15-minute walk to the stadium.

Parking

Car parking: On-street parking available at rear in Panmure Street or surrounding streets where there are no parking restrictions.

Coach parking: Free parking available in nearby Panmure Street. Please note, there is no drop off or pick up at the stadium.

 

Travel Club Info

Gourock Morton Supporters: Adults – £10, Concessions – £8; leaving the Royalle Club at 1:15pm

Port Glasgow Morton Supporters: Leaving the Sutherland Bar at 2:00pm.

Greenock Morton Supporters Club: Adults – £8, Concessions – £6; bus will leave the Greenock Morton Supporters Club at 1.4pm with pickups available on route.