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Dodoo fires home a stunning volley to bring Rangers level before hitting the winner in stoppage time

A late double from substitute Joe Dodoo snatched victory for Rangers at Firhill.

Kris Doolan put Thistle in front, bundling home from close range at the second attempt with 15 minutes left.

Dodoo equalised five minutes later, his crisply-struck volley flying past Thorsten Stuckmann in the Thistle goal.

The 21-year-old struck the winner four minutes into stoppage time, coolly slotting home after being played in by Kenny Miller.

Rangers extend their unbeaten league run to seven matches and though they were below their best, they move above Aberdeen into second place.

Mark Warburton’s side were pedestrian in the opening period and though they improved after the break, Thistle will feel they did enough to earn a point.

The harsh reality is that they failed to do so and remain without a home win since the opening day of the season.

Although Thistle play some impressive football, their inability to pick up victories at Firhill could cost them dearly as the season progresses.

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Harry Forrester thought he had a strong claim for a penalty when he was brought down by Abdul Osman

Rangers’ late show

Rangers had been wasteful prior to Dodoo’s double strike. Even in a first half in which they were second-best Miller should have had them in front, but his close-range header was saved.

They began the second period looking far more purposeful and the game might have taken on a different complexion had Harry Forrester been awarded a penalty as he was brought to the floor by Abdul Osman.

With Joe Garner again looking a forlorn figure, further chances fell to Forrester, Miller, Dodoo and Wallace but none were sufficiently clinical.

But just as they had against Dundee last weekend, they struck late to secure all three points, though the victory cannot disguise an under-par performance.

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Thistle players celebrate Kris Doolan’s opener

Profligate Thistle

Thistle’s Achilles heel this season has often been a failure to convert dominance of a match and promising opportunities into goals.

That weakness again proved to be their downfall as they passed up a series of chances, particularly in the first half, to break the deadlock.

Chris Erskine was Rangers’ tormenter-in-chief playing behind the striker, but he was guilty of the most glaring miss, though his shot was deflected wide.

But Doolan also failed to make the most of early openings that fell his way and though Rangers dominated the second period, Erskine and Christie Elliott had good efforts saved by Wes Foderingham before Doolan finally made one count.

Reaction

Rangers manager Mark Warburton told the Press Association: “You have to say you can admire their work effort and desire and they kept on going but we were disappointed in the first half and were frustrated at half-time.

“We didn’t squeeze play, we didn’t look after the football and I thought we came out in the second half much better. I thought Harry Forrester was a nailed-on penalty but we didn’t get it.

“But we must take our chances, we must be more clinical in front of goal. I think we deserved the win in the end but (it was) frustrating in the first half.”

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: “I am proud of the lads, proud of the reaction we got after last week’s terrible performance.

“I thought they were good individually and collectively.

“I thought we had the better of the first half, we contained Rangers and got some good opportunities.

“I am just so disappointed we didn’t see it out.”

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Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Rangers 2.

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Rangers 2.

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Rangers 2. Joseph Dodoo (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kenny Miller.

Lee Wallace (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Michael O’Halloran (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael O’Halloran (Rangers).

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Rob Kiernan (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Adebayo Azeez replaces Kris Doolan.

Joseph Dodoo (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Rangers 1. Joseph Dodoo (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kenny Miller.

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Rangers 0. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces David Amoo.

Substitution, Rangers. Michael O’Halloran replaces Harry Forrester.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Rob Kiernan.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Danny Wilson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ryan Edwards replaces Chris Erskine.

Attempt blocked. Lee Wallace (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thorsten Stuckmann.

Attempt saved. Joseph Dodoo (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Danny Wilson (Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Adam Barton.

Attempt saved. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution, Rangers. Joseph Dodoo replaces Joe Garner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Barrie McKay (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thorsten Stuckmann.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38036008