By Des McKeown at Firhill
Alan Archibald’s Partick Thistle players produced their performance of the season just when he needed it most as they leapfrogged managerless Dundee United at the foot of the Premiership.
In truth the Glasgow side were sharper, stronger, hungrier and better during a 90 minutes that had a dull draw written all over it before kick-off.
Thankfully that was wide of the mark and it was the home side that threatened first after 13 minutes when Mattias Pogba volleyed over.
They only needed to wait another two minutes to open the scoring though when David Amoo rose highest to head a Callum Booth cross beyond Luis Zwick following a brilliant, flowing move.
The Jags went close again through Sean Welsh and Dan Seaborne during the first period as the visitors struggled to make any impact.
Any chance that they had to bounce back from Jackie McNamara’s dismissal evaporated on 55 minutes when right-back Mustapha Dumbuya progressed into the box before his cross come shot evaded everyone and nestled in the net.
The final goal arrived on 65 minutes when Stuart Bannigan collected a Pogba cross at the back post and curled a right foot shot into the net.
Dave Bowman described his side as a ‘soft touch’ after the match and that pretty much summed up a team that is devoid of confidence and cohesion.
Partick Thistle, on the other hand, delivered when they needed to and Alan Archibald will hope that his side can build on what was a very good Saturday afternoon at the office.