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Booking for Sean Welsh for dissent.
David Goodwillie challenges Aaron Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
John Baird takes a weak shot and missed to the right of the target.
Chance falls to Sean Welsh who heads at goal. Radoslaw Cierzniak safely holds on.
Corner taken by Ross Forbes from the right by-line.
John Baird produces a cross.
Shot by Stuart Bannigan.
Corner taken by Gary Fraser from the right by-line.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Fraser.
The ball is sent over by John Baird.
Chance falls to Brian Graham who heads at goal. Scott Fox catches the ball.
Andrew Robertson produces a cross.
John Baird on for Kris Doolan.
Conrad Balatoni restarts play with the free kick.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Brian Graham coming on for Ryan Dow.
Calum Butcher receives a caution.
Unfair challenge on Gary Fraser by Calum Butcher results in a free kick.
Ryan Dow takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.
James Craigen is replaced.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Mackay-Steven.
Ryan Gauld is taken off.
David Goodwillie has an effort at goal. Scott Fox safely holds on.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Stuart Bannigan.
Free kick taken by James Craigen.
Ryan Dow concedes a free kick for a foul on James Craigen.
Stuart Bannigan crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on Sean Welsh.
Stuart Bannigan has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
David Goodwillie takes a shot. A parry by Scott Fox prevents the goal.
Stephen O'Donnell delivers the ball.
Free kick taken by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Andrew Robertson manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Stuart Bannigan.
David Goodwillie takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
Conrad Balatoni makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Gary Mackay-Steven.
Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Nadir Ciftci.
Stuart Armstrong takes a shot and goes over the bar.
Gary Fraser takes the free kick.
David Goodwillie heads at goal. Scott Fox parries the ball away.
The ball is delivered by Andrew Robertson.
Corner taken by Ryan Dow from the right by-line.
Free kick taken by Calum Butcher.
James Craigen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Gauld.
Shot by James Craigen.
James Craigen receives a yellow card.
Aaron Sinclair produces a cross.
David Goodwillie takes a weak shot and went wide left of the goal.
restarts play with the free kick.
Header at goal by goes over the bar.
Corner taken by Stuart Bannigan.
The ball is delivered by Aaron Sinclair.
Centre by Stephen O'Donnell.
Stephen O'Donnell takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Lawless by Andrew Robertson.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Gauld.
A cross is delivered by Aaron Sinclair.
James Craigen restarts play with the free kick.
Radoslaw Cierzniak takes the free kick.
Foul on Paul Paton.
Conrad Balatoni takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Aaron Sinclair by Ryan Don results in a free kick.
Partick to follow County's lead
Alan Archibald has told his Partick Thistle youngsters to follow Ross County's lead and take their first steps in the Scottish Premiership with a swagger.
The Jags return to the top flight for the first time in nine years with the opening match of the newly formed Scottish Professional Football League against Dundee United at Firhill.
The First Division winners have added eight new faces to the fresh-faced squad that clinched promotion with an 11-point winning margin over runners-up Morton.
But Archibald admits he does not have the same reserves of experience enjoyed by their rivals and believes it will take a show of youthful bravado for them to retain their place in the re-branded Scottish Premier League.
Ross County did just that as their promotion squad of 2011/12 stormed the SPL last year and eventually landed a top-six slot.
Rookie boss Archibald, who only replaced former manager Jackie McNamara in February, said: "Signing up these younger players was the first thing we did this summer. I spoke to the board about signing one or two new players, just to help them along the way, because we lost a few lads.
"But the main aim was always to get the rest of them signed up because I know how well they did last year.
"Now this is a platform for them to go and show how good they are. It's just about getting the confidence to go and pass the ball and play. They need to believe in themselves.
"Ross County did that last year and kept the core of their squad together. Look how well they did.
"They got off to a good start and we have looked at that - we know it is possible for us too. Inverness did the same a couple of years before as well. We're basing our aims on that."
Archibald is sweating on defender Jordan McMillan.
The former Rangers and Dunfermline full-back injured an ankle in training this week and will be given a fitness test.
Stuart Bannigan (ankle) and Sean Welsh (toe) have both been passed fit after shaking off knocks and will join summer signings Paul Gallacher, John Baird, Mark Kerr, Henoc Mukendi, Gary Fraser, Gabriel, Isaac Osbourne and Simon Colina Dominguez in Archibald's squad for the reunion with former boss Jackie McNamara and his United team.
Meanwhile, McNamara has told his players that a top-six finish in the Scottish Premiership is the very least he expects this season.
United just scraped into the top half of the table ahead of the split last term before finishing in sixth spot.
And McNamara, who took over as boss at Tannadice in January, wants to ensure the club is moving forward under his stewardship as they prepare to kick off the new campaign.
He said: "First and foremost for me, I want to progress from last season.
"As a club, I thought we underachieved, especially at home. Our home results were very poor for the fan base we've got.
"Top six is a minimum for us. I want to take the club forward and try to be successful here."
United have doubts over Stuart Armstrong and Keith Watson.
The pair are suffering from slight knocks but McNamara hopes they will both be passed fit.
"Who will win the PL title this season - 2013/14?"
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