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Partick Thistle 2 v 1 Clyde

Match Type: Scottish Championship
Venue: Firhill
Date: Wednesday, 2nd January 2002
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Partick Thistle
v
Clyde

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by Alan Henderson
Line up: Budinaukas, Mensing, McLaughlin, Millen, Kernaghan, Bingham, Mitchell, Fraser, Keogh, Hinds, Convery (Subs: Hagen, Halliwell, Smith, McDowall, De Gregorio)
Not the start to the New Year we were looking for and no complaints about the result. Clyde failed to penetrate in the final third of the park and despite a last gasp challenge never looked like taking anything from this encounter. Despite fitness reports to the contrary, both Keogh and McLaughlin made the starting eleven.

Like the last encounter between the teams, it didn't take long for the opening goal. Budinaukas let a cross go through his hands and McLean was on hand to head into the empty net. This seemed to rattle Clyde and a few more Thistle attempts came close. Clyde were having difficulty keeping the ball and when it did arrive to Convery and Hinds up front neither looked in the mood to cause problems. Most of Clyde's play was concentrated on the right as usual and it took nearly 30 minutes for an attempt at goal. Clyde began to cause more problems as the half wore on and Convery saw his shot turned around the post. Apart from that neither keeper looked in serious trouble as the half ended.

The Manager obviously didn't like the performance and shape of the team so Convery was replaced by Smith at half time. Keogh moved to centre forward and Millen moved into midfield. However there was no time to settle as Thistle scored straight from the kick off. A long ball was collected and crossed by Britton and Fleming's header went in via the post to leave Clyde stunned. So Clyde had to go chasing the game and Thistle could pick them off on the break. Bingham lasted only 10 mins of the second half and was replaced by Hagen on the right. <x> Clyde huffed and puffed but never looked like finding a way through. Thistle had introduced the speedy Walker and Lyle and they should really have put the game beyond doubt. Lyle was put clear from half way but couldn't find the target and then when later confronted with only Budd to beat he elected for a neat chip only to see it come off the cross bar and fall to safety. The game looked to be petering when Clyde suddenly got themselves back in it. McLaughlin made his way to the line and sent over a cross for Hagen to head powerfully home at the far post. Clyde went in search of the equaliser in the final few minutes but as in the rest of the game the couldn't find a way through.

One of the few positives from this game was that Marko saw out the 90 mins and showed glimpses of what he should be capable of when he reaches full match sharpness. Clyde had a fair amount of the ball but couldn't open up a strong Thistle defence. Then again, a defeat away to the league leaders is not entirely unexpected, is it?