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Scottish Premiership: Partick Thistle 0 Dundee United 0

SoccerNews in English Premier League 2 Aug 2013

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Partick Thistle began life back in the Scottish top-flight with a 0-0 draw at home to Dundee United on Friday.

The match saw United manager Jackie McNamara return to the club he departed in January, but his side were unable to find a breakthrough at the Firhill Stadium.

Both teams had their goalkeepers to thank for keeping the scores level after a host of impressive saves, but neither could snatch the three points in the opening match of the Scottish Premiership campaign.

David Goodwillie twice went close for the away side, while Christie Elliot and Kris Doolan had the pick of the chances for Partick.

Goodwillie was starting his first game since returing to United on a six-month loan deal from Blackburn during the close-season, while loan signing Henoc Mukendi was on the bench for Partick.

The best chance of the opening 15 minutes came when Goodwillie’s header forced Scott Fox into a fine save.

Fox was called into action again moments later to stop Paul Paton’s stinging 25-yard effort.

At the other end, United keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak showed good reactions when his own defender Sean Dillon inadvertently diverted a cross towards his own goal.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first as Goodwillie was again foiled by Fox. The 24-year-old went on a surging run before unleashing a powerful effort inside the area that the keeper parried to safety.

With half-an-hour left on the clock, Doolan blasted an effort from the edge of the box for Partick but Cierzniak was equal to his attempt.

Both keepers were then once again called into action as first Cierzniak tipped an Elliot headed over the crossbar, before Brian Graham’s effort was beaten away from Fox, leaving both sides having to settle for a draw.

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