Two new on-loan signings gave a kiss of life to a relegation tussle at Firhill in which Ross County came from two goals behind to hold Partick Thistle.

Cardiff's Filip Kiss put County ahead from long-range, but that was quickly cancelled out by Sheffield United striker Lyle Taylor's powerful drive.

Taylor headed Thistle ahead and Steven Lawless extended the lead.

But goals from Ben Gordon and Kiss gave County a deserved draw despite Stuart Kettlewell's late red card.

It denied the Jags a first home win in the league and and leaves second-bottom County one point behind the hosts.

Both sides had gone into the game with a resurgence in confidence, with Thistle having ended a run of 10 games without a win by beating Hearts last weekend and County arriving in Glasgow seeking a third straight victory.

County manager Derek Adams has been handed a mini-warchest for the January transfer window and appears to have found some firepower in central midfield through Kiss and Michael Tidser, on loan from Rotherham United, who forced Kettlewell and Alex Cooper on to the bench.

Blackburn Rovers' Jordan Slew has added power up front, but Adams will no doubt be focusing his next activity on central defence and goalkeeper.

Taylor appeared to strike terror in the hearts of Scott Boyd and Brian McLean from the outset and it was after a shot from the striker was blocked that Kallum Higginbothan forced a fine reaction save from Michael Fraser following a powerful 12-yard volley.

A poor back header from Steven McLean gave Higginbotham a sight at goal and, from the resulting corner, Conrad Balatoni should have done better than head over from close range.

Lyle Taylor was on target twice for Partick Thistle

However, County looked the more creative outfit in midfield and took the lead after a string of passes around the edge of the Thistle penalty box gave the classy Kiss time to drop his shoulder before smacking a clever curler past Scott Fox from 18 yards.

The lead only lasted five minutes after Taylor, despite McLean's close attentions, managed to fire a drive from 22 yards that, despite its power, should not have squirmed through the arms of goalkeeper Fraser.

Fox clawed a Richard Brittain free-kick off the line, but it was Thistle who struck next when Taylor stole in unmarked at the front post to head home an Aaron Taylor-Sinclair cross for his third goal in two games.

The Englishman's goals dried up after his switch from Falkirk to Sheffield United, but the 23-year-old looks like making as big an impact in the Scottish top tier as he did in its second.

Taylor also started the move that led to Thistle extending their lead two minutes after the break, Higginbotham delivering the final pass that set up Lawless to finish from 10 yards.

County did not let their heads drop and struck back three minutes later when a Brittain header was cleared off the line by Taylor-Sinclair, but Gordon's low drive found the net through a sea of legs.

The visitors were now on top and, after Brittain flicked through to Kiss, the Slovakian coolly stabbed past Fox.

County's cause was not helped by Kettlewell being shown a straight red card for a studs-first tackle on Ross Forbes seconds after coming on as a substitute.

However, despite a Stephen O'Donnell thunderbolt skimming the County post in the dying seconds, the Dingwall side held on to make it five straight visits to Firhill without tasting defeat.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Partick Thistle

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 O'Donnell Booked
  • 03 Taylor-Sinclair
  • 05 Muirhead Booked
  • 13 Gabriel Booked
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 23 Higginbotham
  • 07 Craigen
  • 21 Taylor
  • 11 Lawless (Doolan - 80' )
  • 14 Elliott (Forbes - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Doolan
  • 10 Forbes
  • 12 Gallacher
  • 16 McMillan
  • 17 Baird
  • 22 Fraser
  • 31 Wilson

Ross County

  • 20 Fraser
  • 03 Gordon
  • 26 Ikonomou
  • 07 Kiss Booked (Quinn - 91' )
  • 21 McLean
  • 05 Boyd
  • 08 Brittain
  • 12 Tidser (Cooper - 79' )
  • 15 Glen (Kettlewell - 84' Dismissed )
  • 25 Slew
  • 23 Carey

Substitutes

  • 01 Brown
  • 04 Kettlewell
  • 06 Micic
  • 10 Quinn
  • 11 De Leeuw
  • 16 Cooper
  • 19 Luckassen
Ref: Bobby Madden
Att: 3,539

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

4 5

Corners

4 2

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Partick Thistle 3, Ross County 3.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 3, Ross County 3.

90:00 +2:59

Attempt missed. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +2:21

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

90:00 +2:21

Foul by Jordan Slew (Ross County).

90:00 +1:11

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

90:00 +1:11

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:25

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

90:00 +0:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Filip Kiss.

89:00

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:58

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

88:47

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

88:47

Foul by Jordan Slew (Ross County).

87:16

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

85:09 Dismissal

Dismissal Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County) is shown the red card.

85:00

Ross Forbes (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:58

Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

83:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Stuart Kettlewell replaces Gary Glen.

82:18

Attempt saved. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:31

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle).

81:31

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Steven Lawless.

79:17

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

78:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Alex Cooper replaces Michael Tidser because of an injury.

77:14

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

77:14

Foul by Jordan Slew (Ross County).

75:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 3, Ross County 3. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richard Brittain.

75:01

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

75:01

Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ross Forbes replaces Christie Elliott.

72:49

Hand ball by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

70:16

Attempt missed. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

66:38 Booking

Booking Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

66:32

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

66:32

Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:26

Attempt missed. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

64:38 Booking

Booking Aaron Muirhead (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

64:35

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Partick Thistle).

64:35

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:33

Attempt missed. Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

62:02

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:02

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

56:21

James Craigen (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:21

Foul by Michael Tidser (Ross County).

54:02

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

54:02

Foul by Gary Glen (Ross County).

53:04

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

53:04

Ben Gordon (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:19

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

50:19

Foul by Gary Glen (Ross County).

49:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 3, Ross County 2. Ben Gordon (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

47:41

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

46:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 3, Ross County 1. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christie Elliott.

45:00

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 1.

45:00 +0:24 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 1.

44:50 Booking

Booking Filip Kiss (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

44:40

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:40

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

41:25

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Partick Thistle).

41:25

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:05

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:05

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

38:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 1. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair with a cross.

35:19

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

35:19

Foul by Michael Tidser (Ross County).

34:57

Attempt blocked. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

33:35

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

33:26

Attempt saved. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

32:33 Booking

Booking Gabriel Rojo de la Vega (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

32:29

Foul by Gabriel Rojo de la Vega (Partick Thistle).

32:29

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:46

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

27:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Ross County 1. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kallum Higginbotham.

26:24

James Craigen (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:24

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

25:46

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

23:39

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

23:39

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Ross County 1. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richard Brittain.

19:04

Attempt missed. Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) header from very close range is too high.

18:29

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

17:12

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

16:40

Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

16:40

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:04

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

16:04

Foul by Jordan Slew (Ross County).

12:43

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

4:22

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

3:38

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

3:38

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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