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Archibald relieved by slice of luck

Alan Archibald thought he was watching yet another Partick hard luck story after seeing his side eventually grab a draw against Dundee United.

Thistle had fallen behind after 27 minutes to Farid El Alagui's first goal since his loan move to Dundee United from Brentford.

As chances came and went for the home side, it looked as though the visitors would hang on to claim all three points before they finally got the bit of luck that their pressure deserved, as Gary Fraser's drive 15 minutes from time was aided by a wicked deflection into Radoslaw Cierzniak's net.

"In the first half a couple of things went either way, we hit the post and they had a few chances as well," Archibald said.

"But I'm delighted to get that bit of luck. I thought we applied pressure, I thought we had a go and we deserved it.

"When you're putting things across the box and putting crosses and corners in and it just wasn't falling for us it looked as if it wasn't going to be our day."

The Firhill boss revealed that a change in approach, just as United were threatening to run away with the game after their opener, allowed his side to claw their way back into the match.

And although it was not enough to earn Thistle their first home Scottish Premiership win of the season at the 13th attempt, they at least avoided a seventh home defeat.

"I felt that Lyle (Taylor) was too isolated in the first half," said Archibald.

"We changed it a wee bit just before the end of the half, not personnel but just the shape, and getting Dools (Kris Doolan) on the pitch helped as well going with the two strikers.

"They had energy and work rate and they showed character as well to come back from a goal down against a good side."

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara expressed fury about the denial of a penalty for his side when Stuart Armstrong went down under pressure from Prince Buaben and Jordan McMillan, but he was impressed by the performance of deadline-day loan signing Curtis Good.

"I thought he was steady," said McNamara of the young Australian brought in from Newcastle.

"He didn't do anything wrong and he looked composed on the ball as well which is good. So I'm really pleased with him."

The draw means that Partick remain in the relegation play-off spot, missing the opportunity to leapfrog Ross County after Derek Adams' men were held at Kilmarnock.

United closed the gap on fourth-placed Inverness to two points, although the Highlanders now have two games in hand.