Poor finishing saw Partick Thistle pick up only their second point in two months against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Caley will be pleased to have left Firhill with a point but could have taken the lead through Billy McKay.

Kallum Higginbotham and Kris Doolan could not find the net as the hosts carved out chances in the first half.

And the Glasgow Jags' profligacy continued with Steven Lawless heading wide in the second period.

The point takes Partick Thistle further clear of Ross County and Hearts, who both lost on Boxing Day, while Inverness move up to third.

Peterborough, Burnley, Bournemouth and Rotherham have all been linked with a January move for Caley Thistle's star striker McKay.

Their interest would have been increased by his speed of foot early on as he latched on to a slack Conrad Balatoni passback.

The Northern Ireland international struck a low shot which was turned round the post by Scott Fox.

The home team though had two excellent chances to break the deadlock before the mid-point of the first half.

Higginbotham had the first after a fine run and a one-two with Lawless, but his toe-poked effort was well saved by Dean Brill.

The next fell to Doolan but somehow he contrived to head a James Craigen cross over the bar from two yards' range.

Partick brought on Stephen O'Donnell for Jordan McMillan at the interval as they looked for attacking options on the right.

The home side, whose last win was in Inverness in October, frustrated their supporters with two more chances squandered early in the second half.

Lawless sent a diving header wide of Fox's left-hand post before Higginbotham shot over from four yards on the hour mark.

Alan Archibald's men were on top but found Brill in form synonymous with his name.

After Craigen shot wide, Christie Elliott had an effort from the edge of the penalty box well saved.

Then it was the turn of Higginbotham's replacement Forbes to be denied by the Caley Thistle keeper as he produced an excellent save from the substitute's 25-yard strike.

And, in the end, both sides had to settle for a point.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Partick Thistle

  • 01 Fox
  • 16 McMillan (O'Donnell - 45' )
  • 03 Taylor-Sinclair
  • 08 Bannigan
  • 13 Gabriel
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 11 Lawless (Baird - 79' )
  • 07 Craigen
  • 09 Doolan
  • 23 Higginbotham (Forbes - 67' )
  • 14 Elliott Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 05 Muirhead
  • 10 Forbes
  • 12 Gallacher
  • 17 Baird
  • 20 Kerr
  • 31 Wilson

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 12 Brill
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 18 Tremarco
  • 19 Williams Booked
  • 05 Warren
  • 06 Meekings
  • 15 Watkins Booked
  • 08 Draper
  • 07 McKay
  • 10 Doran
  • 11 Ross (Greenhalgh - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Esson
  • 02 Raven
  • 14 Devine
  • 17 Greenhalgh
  • 20 Polworth
  • 21 Pepper
  • 23 Agdestein
Ref: William Collum
Att: 2,887

Match Stats

Shots

12 4

On target

4 1

Corners

6 3

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Inverness CT 0.

90:00 +1:31 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Inverness CT 0.

90:00 +0:20 Booking

Booking Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:16

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:16

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

88:37

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

86:31

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

85:45

Attempt saved. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:13

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

82:59

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Marley Watkins.

80:29

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

80:29

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:15

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Warren.

78:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. John Baird replaces Steven Lawless.

78:42

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dean Brill.

78:31

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

76:38

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:38

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

74:02

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dean Brill.

73:55

Attempt saved. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

72:54

Attempt missed. Ben Greenhalgh (Inverness CT) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

72:11

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

71:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Ben Greenhalgh replaces Nick Ross.

69:58 Booking

Booking Danny Williams (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

69:53

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

69:53

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

67:23

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

66:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ross Forbes replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

63:33

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

63:33

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:24

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

62:24

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:02

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

59:08

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

58:21

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

58:21

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

54:57

Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

53:39

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:39

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

50:48

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Inverness CT 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Stephen O'Donnell replaces Jordan McMillan.

45:00 +0:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Inverness CT 0.

43:21

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:21

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

39:44 Booking

Booking Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

39:38

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

39:38

Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:20

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

34:20

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:36

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:36

Foul by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).

24:43

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

24:43

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:56

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

21:30

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Gabriel Rojo de la Vega.

17:46

Attempt missed. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

17:20

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Scott Fox.

17:11

Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:50

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Warren.

15:18

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:18

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

13:03

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:19

Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:19

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

11:00

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

10:58

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

9:00

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is too high.

8:27

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:27

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

6:43

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

6:43

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:20

Gabriel Rojo de la Vega (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:20

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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