Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 0-0 Inverness CT

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.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 16McMillanSubstituted forO'Donnellat 45'minutes
  • 3Taylor-Sinclair
  • 8Bannigan
  • 13Gabriel
  • 6Balatoni
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forBairdat 79'minutes
  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 23HigginbothamSubstituted forForbesat 67'minutes
  • 14ElliottBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Muirhead
  • 10Forbes
  • 12Gallacher
  • 17Baird
  • 20Kerr
  • 31Wilson

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 3Shinnie
  • 18Tremarco
  • 19WilliamsBooked at 70mins
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 15WatkinsBooked at 90mins
  • 8Draper
  • 7Mckay
  • 10Doran
  • 11RossSubstituted forGreenhalghat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 14Devine
  • 17Greenhalgh
  • 20Polworth
  • 21Pepper
  • 23Agdestein
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
2,887

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

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

Booking

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).
Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Josh Meekings.
Attempt saved. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Marley Watkins.
Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).
Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. John Baird replaces Steven Lawless.
Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dean Brill.
Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).
Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dean Brill.
Attempt saved. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Ben Greenhalgh (Inverness CT) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ben Greenhalgh replaces Nick Ross.

Booking

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.
Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).
Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ross Forbes replaces Kallum Higginbotham.
Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).
Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).
Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.
Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).
Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.
Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).
Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1714302745
2Motherwell181116-234
3Inverness CT1710341133
4Dundee Utd189541932
5Aberdeen1810261032
6St Johnstone17647422
7Hibernian18567-421
8St Mirren17548-919
9Kilmarnock185310-618
10Partick Thistle17368-1315
11Ross County173212-1711
12Hearts183312-20-3
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