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Partick Thistle 1-3 Ross County

Ross County's revival continued, with a second successive victory for Jim McIntyre's side.

The result lifts them off the bottom of the table and drags Partick Thistle a little closer to involvement in a relegation battle.

Craig Curran opened the scoring and missed a second-half penalty before Raffaele De Vita did add a second.

Lyle Taylor pulled a goal back but Marcus Fraser put the result beyond doubt.

The visitors looked hungrier throughout, with the battle for survival perhaps ensuring they played with an added edge.

Thistle have now lost five in a row though and find themselves just seven points above the bottom three.

A failure to stem that run could yet lead to a four-way fight to avoid the drop or at least a play-off, while County currently look the form team in that dogfight.

Jamie Reckord and Declan McDaid
County's form has improved while Thistle's has dipped in recent weeks

Their opening goal owed less to fabulous attacking than it did to defensive ineptitude and a bit of good fortune, as Michael Gardyne's cross cannoned off Daniel Seaborne from Frederic Frans' attempted clearance, falling kindly for Curran to tap into the net.

Paul Quinn should have added to the lead, but volleyed wide from 12 yards out and Curran's penalty miss after Liam Boyce was brought down by Seaborne hinted that County could yet rue missed opportunities.

But any such concerns were eased as Gardyne's perfectly-weighted pass allowed De Vita to slide the ball beyond keeper Paul Gallacher.

The home support were less than impressed by what they were seeing - Ryan Stevenson's header late in the first half the only real threat to Mark Brown's goal, an effort the keeper did well to keep out.

But they were given some hope as Taylor leapt to head past Brown from a Kallum Higginbotham corner.

County refused to buckle though and assured themselves of all three points courtesy of Fraser's superb individual goal.

It capped a team performance typified by stout defending and swift counter-attacking, a blend that could carry County to safety.

Marcus Fraser celebrates after scoring for Ross County against Partick Thistle
Fraser sealed the points for County

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 54mins
  • 13Frans
  • 5BoothSubstituted forBanniganat 57'minutes
  • 18OsmanSubstituted forHigginbothamat 58'minutes
  • 22FraserBooked at 66mins
  • 28McDaidSubstituted forDoolanat 45'minutes
  • 10Stevenson
  • 14Elliott
  • 29Taylor

Substitutes

  • 6Balatoni
  • 7Craigen
  • 8Bannigan
  • 9Doolan
  • 11Lawless
  • 15Higginbotham
  • 40Basalaj

Ross County

  • 21Brown
  • 44FraserBooked at 83mins
  • 43Quinn
  • 5Boyd
  • 12ReckordBooked at 79mins
  • 36Irvine
  • 26WoodsBooked at 8minsSubstituted forKissat 78'minutes
  • 40Gardyne
  • 24De Vita
  • 11CurranSubstituted forDingwallat 87'minutes
  • 16BoyceSubstituted forJervisat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 7Cardle
  • 9Jervis
  • 10Kiss
  • 20Sernas
  • 30Dingwall
  • 38Burgess
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
2,951

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Ross County 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Ross County 3.

Attempt missed. Filip Kiss (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Christie Elliott.

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Tony Dingwall replaces Craig Curran.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Frederic Frans.

Attempt saved. Jake Jervis (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Quinn (Ross County).

Booking

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Paul Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

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

Booking

Jamie Reckord (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jamie Reckord (Ross County).

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Filip Kiss replaces Martin Woods.

Attempt missed. Jake Jervis (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Jake Jervis replaces Liam Boyce.

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

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

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Ross County 3. Marcus Fraser (Ross County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Ross County 2. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kallum Higginbotham following a corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

Booking

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Ross County 2. Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Gardyne.

Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic24183348133557
2Aberdeen26183547212657
3Inverness CT26164640261452
4Dundee Utd25143848351345
5Hamilton27125103935441
6Dundee2710983938139
7St Johnstone26114112427-337
8Kilmarnock2696112935-633
9Partick Thistle2667133335-225
10Ross County2646162752-2518
11St Mirren2753192146-2518
12Motherwell2653181850-3218
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