Brian Graham Haunts Former Club Morton As Partick Thistle Seal Crucial Win

Brian Graham Haunts Former Club Morton As Partick Thistle Seal Crucial Win

By Callum McFadden at Cappielow Park

Kris Doolan was delighted with his Partick Thistle team as they defeated Greenock Morton by four goals to one at Cappielow.

Morton started the game with lots of energy and dominated the ball and the clear-cut chances in the opening fifteen minutes.

Robbie Muirhead had an opportunity from a Calum Waters cross in the fifth minute while Kirk Broadfoot came close from a header on nine minutes.

Morton would not have to wait much longer for an opening goal. Robbie Muirhead gave them a deserved lead in the nineteenth minute from a free kick that he smashed home from just outside the box.

Morton continued to push for a second goal but to no avail. A late first half sucker punch arrived minutes before the half time interval for Dougie Imrie and his side when Steven Lawless turned Calum Waters before sliding the ball under an advancing Jamie MacDonald.

Thistle were a different animal in the second half and began to take control of the game.

Kris Doolan’s men took the game away from Morton within a matter of minutes when former Morton striker Brian Graham scored a brace in quick session with goals in the seventieth and seventy second minute.

Morton were given a glimmer of hope when Thistle full back Harry Milner was sent off for a second bookable offence in the seventy seventh minute.

That glimmer did not last long though as substitute Tomi Adeloye — who replaced player of the match Graham — sealed all three points for Thistle with a well taken goal on the counter attack in the eighty fourth minute.

Partick Thistle move up to fourth place in the Cinch Championship while Morton sit in right place after four games.

WFi player of the match: Brian Graham

Kris Doolan

“We responded brilliantly [to going to ten men] because is one of the toughest places to play at in this division.

“We played very well and performed under pressure today. Brian Graham has aged like a fine wine and you can see the impact that he has on our team today.

“We have a good blend of experienced players like Brian and young players such as Ben Stanway who has come through our youth academy.”

Dougie Imrie

“[The number of injuries] that we have is frustrating. Last season we had a squad that was injury free for large parts of the season whereas this season, I have lost five or six players to injury at one time.

“We need come in on Monday and look to learn from the result against Arbroath last week and this result too because we have a good group at the club.”