Scottish Premiership
Partick Thistle2Ross County1

Partick Thistle 2-1 Ross County

Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan
Kris Doolan scored his 100th and 101st goals for Partick Thistle

Kris Doolan scored twice as Partick Thistle fought back from behind to beat Ross County at Firhill.

County's Marcus Fraser headed off the crossbar before Craig Curran gave the visitors the lead with a curled a left-foot shot.

But Doolan rifled in an equaliser with a powerful shot, his 100th goal for Partick Thistle.

And he added to that tally when he slipped between two defenders and fired past goalkeeper Scott Fox.

Thistle had been in fine form before the recent international break, their unbeaten league run extending to five games.

But aside from a couple of slick passing moves, their play was sluggish in the first period, with Chris Erskine typifying that.

Erskine is frequently Thistle's classiest operator but he was off the boil against County, as his passes too often ran astray, though he was unfortunate to see his best effort well saved by Fox.

As fate would have it, no sooner had he been substituted than Doolan swivelled on the edge of the box to lash in his 100th goal for the club.

If Erskine is generally Thistle's creator-in-chief, no-one has proved a more reliable goal-getter than the industrious Doolan.

With Thistle now very much in the ascendancy, Liam Lindsay - also good for a goal - was denied twice in quick succession, firstly by Fox and then a brave block as the home side looked for the winner.

When it did materialise, it was little surprise that Doolan again provided the clinical finish.

A delightful one-two on the edge of the box with Adam Barton put the striker in on goal and he showed terrific poise to fire past Fox for the second time.

Jim McIntyre, in the County dugout, must have wondered how his side had allowed their stranglehold on the game to slip away.

Although their record coming into the game was wretched - just one win in eight - they enjoyed marginally the better of a poor first half.

They might have taken the lead on the stroke of half-time but Fraser, having made a marauding run up field from centre-back, ultimately headed against the crossbar.

They were good value for the opening goal though and it was Curran who grabbed it after Thistle had failed to deal with a Martin Woods cutback.

But inexplicably they took their foot off the gas and slumped to another poor result, which does nothing for their hopes of steering clear of a relegation battle.

Post-match reaction

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "I was his (Kris Doolan's) team-mate as well, he's one of the hardest working players and a real team player.

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Interviews: Archibald, McIntyre & Doolan

"Any of our young lads could pick Kris as a role model. He doesn't get the credit he deserves because he's at a club like Partick Thistle but he's very much appreciated with the fans and everybody at the club.

"We didn't really get going but we were much better in the second half. We showed great character to come back and see the game out. We know the run we've got coming up, we've got Celtic, Motherwell and Rangers coming up, but we'll go into these games with confidence."

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre: "I was pleased with the way we approached the game and we were the better team in the first half. I thought the second half was quite even, but the free-kick which leads to the first goal is not a free-kick and he's got to give a penalty when Liam Lindsay has grabbed Alex Schalk's hand and spun him, so them two decisions went against us.

"The second goal is atrocious from our point of view. We've put so much into the game but come away with nothing, and that's killed our top six hopes."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Dumbuya
  • 17Keown
  • 5Lindsay
  • 14Elliott
  • 6OsmanSubstituted forDevineat 45+2'minutes
  • 13Barton
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forAzeezat 63'minutes
  • 19EdwardsBooked at 68mins
  • 11LawlessBooked at 74mins
  • 9DoolanBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 3Booth
  • 7Amoo
  • 15Devine
  • 16Azeez
  • 27Nisbet
  • 30McCarthy
  • 35Ridgers

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2FraserBooked at 84mins
  • 15Davies
  • 5McEveleySubstituted forGardyneat 77'minutes
  • 3Naismith
  • 8Woods
  • 10Boyce
  • 4RoutisSubstituted forO'Brienat 80'minutes
  • 28van der Weg
  • 23Schalk
  • 11CurranSubstituted forDowat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6O'Brien
  • 7Gardyne
  • 9Dow
  • 27Lalkovic
  • 31McCarey
  • 52Tumility
  • 63Dykes
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,149

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 1.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Adam Barton.

Attempt missed. Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is just a bit too high.

Booking

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ryan Dow replaces Craig Curran.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Jim O'Brien replaces Christopher Routis.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 1. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Barton.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Michael Gardyne replaces Jay McEveley.

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jay McEveley.

Booking

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle).

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Davies (Ross County).

Booking

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alex Schalk (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Ross County 1. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Adebayo Azeez replaces Chris Erskine.

Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christopher Routis (Ross County).

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Ross County 1. Craig Curran (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Liam Boyce.

Attempt blocked. Liam Boyce (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Liam Boyce (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

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

Attempt saved. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.

Second Half

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Ross County 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic29272076185883
2Aberdeen30194760243661
3Rangers3014974334951
4St Johnstone30127113938143
5Hearts291181050371341
6Partick Thistle30910113335-237
7Kilmarnock30712112946-1733
8Dundee3086163248-1630
9Ross County30610143250-1828
10Motherwell3077163458-2428
11Hamilton30512132747-2027
12Inverness CT30413133454-2025
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