Scottish Premiership
Partick ThistlePartick Thistle3Ross CountyRoss County3

Partick Thistle 3-3 Ross County

By Clive LindsayBBC Scotland at Firhill

Two new on-loan signings gave a kiss of life to a relegation tussle at Firhill in which Ross County came from two goals behind to hold Partick Thistle.

Cardiff's Filip Kiss put County ahead from long-range, but that was quickly cancelled out by Sheffield United striker Lyle Taylor's powerful drive.

Taylor headed Thistle ahead and Steven Lawless extended the lead.

But goals from Ben Gordon and Kiss gave County a deserved draw despite Stuart Kettlewell's late red card.

It denied the Jags a first home win in the league and and leaves second-bottom County one point behind the hosts.

Both sides had gone into the game with a resurgence in confidence, with Thistle having ended a run of 10 games without a win by beating Hearts last weekend and County arriving in Glasgow seeking a third straight victory.

County manager Derek Adams has been handed a mini-warchest for the January transfer window and appears to have found some firepower in central midfield through Kiss and Michael Tidser, on loan from Rotherham United, who forced Kettlewell and Alex Cooper on to the bench.

Blackburn Rovers' Jordan Slew has added power up front, but Adams will no doubt be focusing his next activity on central defence and goalkeeper.

Taylor appeared to strike terror in the hearts of Scott Boyd and Brian McLean from the outset and it was after a shot from the striker was blocked that Kallum Higginbothan forced a fine reaction save from Michael Fraser following a powerful 12-yard volley.

A poor back header from Steven McLean gave Higginbotham a sight at goal and, from the resulting corner, Conrad Balatoni should have done better than head over from close range.

Lyle Taylor was on target twice for Partick Thistle

However, County looked the more creative outfit in midfield and took the lead after a string of passes around the edge of the Thistle penalty box gave the classy Kiss time to drop his shoulder before smacking a clever curler past Scott Fox from 18 yards.

The lead only lasted five minutes after Taylor, despite McLean's close attentions, managed to fire a drive from 22 yards that, despite its power, should not have squirmed through the arms of goalkeeper Fraser.

Fox clawed a Richard Brittain free-kick off the line, but it was Thistle who struck next when Taylor stole in unmarked at the front post to head home an Aaron Taylor-Sinclair cross for his third goal in two games.

The Englishman's goals dried up after his switch from Falkirk to Sheffield United, but the 23-year-old looks like making as big an impact in the Scottish top tier as he did in its second.

Taylor also started the move that led to Thistle extending their lead two minutes after the break, Higginbotham delivering the final pass that set up Lawless to finish from 10 yards.

County did not let their heads drop and struck back three minutes later when a Brittain header was cleared off the line by Taylor-Sinclair, but Gordon's low drive found the net through a sea of legs.

The visitors were now on top and, after Brittain flicked through to Kiss, the Slovakian coolly stabbed past Fox.

County's cause was not helped by Kettlewell being shown a straight red card for a studs-first tackle on Ross Forbes seconds after coming on as a substitute.

However, despite a Stephen O'Donnell thunderbolt skimming the County post in the dying seconds, the Dingwall side held on to make it five straight visits to Firhill without tasting defeat.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'DonnellBooked at 67mins
  • 3Taylor-Sinclair
  • 5MuirheadBooked at 65mins
  • 13Rojo de la VegaBooked at 33mins
  • 6Balatoni
  • 23Higginbotham
  • 7Craigen
  • 21Taylor
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forDoolanat 80'minutes
  • 14ElliottSubstituted forForbesat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 10Forbes
  • 12Gallacher
  • 16McMillan
  • 17Baird
  • 22Fraser
  • 31Wilson

Ross County

  • 20Fraser
  • 3Gordon
  • 26Ikonomou
  • 7KissBooked at 45minsSubstituted forQuinnat 90+1'minutes
  • 21McLean
  • 5Boyd
  • 8Brittain
  • 12TidserSubstituted forCooperat 79'minutes
  • 15GlenSubstituted forKettlewellat 84'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 25Slew
  • 23Carey

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 4Kettlewell
  • 6Micic
  • 10Quinn
  • 11De Leeuw
  • 16Cooper
  • 19Luckassen
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
3,539

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 3, Ross County 3.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Gabriel Rojo de la Vega (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Slew (Ross County).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

  7. Post update

    Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Filip Kiss.

  10. Post update

    Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

  12. Post update

    Gabriel Rojo de la Vega (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Slew (Ross County).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Dismissal

    Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County) is shown the red card.

  16. Post update

    Ross Forbes (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Stuart Kettlewell replaces Gary Glen.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle).