Ross County 1-2 Partick Thistle: We are up for fight - Jim McIntyre

Partick Thistle's Frederic Frans (left) celebrates scoring his goal with Abdul Osman
Partick Thistle's Frederic Frans (left) celebrates scoring his goal with Abdul Osman

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre is still confident his men have what it takes to beat the drop despite losing 2-1 at home to Partick Thistle.

County led through Michael Gardyne's goal, but Stephen O'Donnell put the Jags in front after Frederic Frans' equaliser.

They now face second-bottom Motherwell next week at Fir Park, who they remain six points ahead of.

"I think we've shown in the last nine matches how much we're up for it," McIntyre told BBC Scotland.

"We scored against the run of play, Thistle deservedly got an equaliser. We tried to mix things up in the second half but we just didn't have that energy or zip today.

"I was slightly concerned coming into the game as we knew we had a few players carrying knocks and hadn't done a lot of training this week.

"We're obviously six points ahead, we go to Motherwell next week which makes it a right cracking game to be involved in.

"It's going to be a pressurised situation, but one I'm really confident the players will respond to."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald refused to accept his side are now safe despite holding a 10-point advantage over Motherwell, who lost 2-0 to Hamilton on Friday night.

"I don't think so, no," he said. "We'll keep on going. We want to try and win as many games as we can, but we're also looking up the way as well.

"It takes us clear of Kilmarnock who lost, so that's an added bonus.

"Beating Motherwell gave us that seven-point cushion going into the split, and it gave us that chance to go and play today and we did that.

"Last year we won our first game of the split and stayed unbeaten until the last game. It's a target again, we want to stay unbeaten in the next four games.

"A few of the lads were a bit peeved, we were favourites to get the least amount of points with the bookmakers and the papers this morning - I think that spurred them on."

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