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Kilmarnock 1-1 Partick Thistle

Conor Sammon's late equaliser earned Kilmarnock a Premiership point at home to Partick Thistle.

Steven Lawless and Adam Barton both hit the woodwork either side of half-time for the visitors.

Chris Erskine finally broke the deadlock when he turned and rifled a shot past goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

However, they were denied three points when Sammon's innocuous shot slipped through the fingers of Thistle goalkeeper Tomas Cerny.

Blast from the past

Five years ago today Kilmarnock won the Scottish League Cup final at Hampden by beating Celtic.

As they celebrated the anniversary with the trophy displayed at half-time, they also recorded what could prove to be a vital point in their quest to secure their Premiership status for another season at least.

Killie enjoyed plenty of first half possession, had a good few chances and showed an inventive side from a succession of corner-kicks.

Interim boss Lee McCulloch and his coaching staff have obviously been rehearsing options on how to create openings from set-pieces and they were proving handful for the visitors to defend.

From one, Scott Boyd's header from Jordan Jones' delivery was superbly tipped over the bar by Cerny.

From the next corner Jones, worked it short to Greg Taylor before his cross found Kris Boyd who set up Sammon, but as he stretched to score from close range the ball was deflected over the bar by Thistle's Christie Elliott.

Killie were also creative in open play. Jones had a left foot strike which flew wide of Cerny's post as the home side looked for the breakthrough before Kris Boyd blasted over from 16 yards on the angle after being released by a neat pass from Rory McKenzie.

Jagged into action

Chris Erskine opens the scoring for Partick Thistle
Chris Erskine opens the scoring for Partick Thistle

Thistle had two first half chances. A Lawless strike which hit the crossbar after he latched onto a Scott Boyd clearance and a Niall Keown header from an Erskine free kick which went wide.

But they made a more impressive start to the second period. Ryan Edwards turned well on the edge of the area before shooting wide then, Erskine sent a powerful volley the wrong side of the right hand post.

The pendulum had swung and next to try his luck for Thistle was Barton who blasted in a left foot shot which struck the inside of the Killie 'keeper's right hand post before bouncing clear.

The goal eventually arrived and Erskine delivered it as he swivelled 10 yards out before turning his left foot shot beyond Woodman.

But the home side responded well as Sammon claimed the equaliser with a 25 yard effort which beat Cerny. It was the striker's fourth goal for the Ayrshire side since joining on loan from Hearts.

Post-match reaction

Kilmarnock interim manager Lee McCulloch: "On the first half performance you could easily say we deserved the point. Then up until about 75 minutes Partick Thistle were very good and we thought we'd weathered the storm.

"But we've allowed no real pressure on the ball, the cross comes in and Erskine's allowed to take a touch, turn and good finish, but he's a good player.

"So we decided to change it and go two up top and we finished the game better, but overall I'll take the point.

"We made some minor changes to the preparation. We even got the dressing room changed a little bit - added a bit of colour to that - anything to get rid of this home form that's not been good enough."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "I thought the referee could have helped us out because we knew they were going to block. Kris Boyd gets free twice in the box and you now why he's free, it's down to good movement, but they were blocking our centre half and the officials didn't help us out.

"The second half was much better. The rain certainly helped the pitch and allowed us to pass the ball. I thought we deserved to win it mainly based on the that second half, but just disappointed with the error at the end.

"I don't think you're ever safe until you're in the top six [after the split]. We saw it last year with teams getting dragged back in, so we'll just focus on our next home game which is Ross County and try and get the three points there."

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 17Woodman
  • 27HendrieBooked at 36mins
  • 16Boyd
  • 20Ajer
  • 24Taylor
  • 8Dicker
  • 18LongstaffSubstituted forWilsonat 72'minutes
  • 11JonesSubstituted forUmerahat 78'minutes
  • 7McKenzie
  • 19Sammon
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 5Osborne
  • 6Smith
  • 13Umerah
  • 21Frizzell
  • 25Roberts
  • 36Wilson

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Dumbuya
  • 17Keown
  • 5Lindsay
  • 14Elliott
  • 6Osman
  • 13Barton
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forAzeezat 90+1'minutes
  • 19Edwards
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forDevineat 88'minutes
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 3Booth
  • 7Amoo
  • 15Devine
  • 16Azeez
  • 27Nisbet
  • 30McCarthy
  • 35Ridgers
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
4,519

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Partick Thistle 1.

Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Adebayo Azeez replaces Chris Erskine.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Danny Devine.

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Danny Devine replaces Steven Lawless.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Partick Thistle 1. Conor Sammon (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rory McKenzie.

Attempt blocked. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Christie Elliott.

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Keown (Partick Thistle).

Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Barton (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Josh Umerah replaces Jordan Jones.

Attempt missed. Scott Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 1. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Iain Wilson replaces Sean Longstaff.

Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Luke Hendrie.

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

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

Foul by Conor Sammon (Kilmarnock).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

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

Attempt missed. Conor Sammon (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

goal

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