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Inverness CT 0-4 Partick Thistle

Ryan Stevenson's double and headed goals from Gary Fraser and Conrad Balatoni helped Partick Thistle shatter Inverness's unbeaten home record.

John Hughes' side had not lost at home all season but Stevenson slid in to open the scoring and added a second with a shot before half-time.

Fraser nodded Thistle further ahead.

And Inverness full-back David Raven had a goal chalked off for offside before Conrad Balatoni headed the visitors' fourth.

The result gives Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic the chance to move six points clear of Inverness when they face St Mirren on Sunday.

Partick Thistle were the first visiting team to win at Inverness in the league last season and travelled north having beaten Hughes' men in Glasgow earlier this term.

And Alan Archibald's side deserved what was only their second away win of the campaign for the way they countered Caley Thistle's passing game while maximising their own chances.

Both teams were intent on playing controlled football on the deck which made for an entertaining game in the early exchanges.

Ryan Stevenson scores for Partick Thistle against Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Stevenson was alert to take advantage of Gallacher's hesitancy for the opening goal

Marley Watkins squandered a chance with an over-precise angled shot across Partick Thistle goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, which squeezed wide of the far post.

It was to prove a costly mistake as within two minutes the visitors hit the front when Christie Elliot was allowed time and space to race clear down the right.

Goalkeeper Dean Brill should have dealt with the midfielder's cross into the six-yard box but he hesitated, allowing Ryan Stevenson to pounce.

High-intensity pressing led to Stevenson's second as Caley Thistle were far too casual just outside their own penalty area.

Thistle gained cheap possession and Kallum Higginbotham squared to Stevenson, who guided a sublime 18-yard effort into the bottom corner of Brill's net.

In fact, it took an outstanding Brill save just to keep the hosts in the game as he somehow clawed clear Dan Seaborne's header two minutes later.

Those comeback hopes only lasted four minutes into the second half when Stevenson turned provider for Fraser to head home off the underside of the bar.

Any notion that it was not going to be Caley Thistle's day ended when Raven lashed a 40-yard shot into the net only for a team-mate to be ruled offside.

Balatoni soon nodded in Stuart Bannigan's corner to compound the hosts' misery before more Brill's saves prevented an even heavier drubbing for Inverness.

Conrad Balatoni scores for Partick Thistle against Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Balatoni's headed goal rounded off Partick Thistle's win

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 5WarrenBooked at 53mins
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Shinnie
  • 4VincentSubstituted forDoranat 65'minutes
  • 16Tansey
  • 8DraperSubstituted forChristieat 65'minutes
  • 19Williams
  • 15Watkins
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 10Doran
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 22Christie

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 6Balatoni
  • 3Seaborne
  • 16McMillan
  • 18Osman
  • 8BanniganSubstituted forWilsonat 82'minutes
  • 14ElliottBooked at 36mins
  • 22Fraser
  • 15HigginbothamSubstituted forLawlessat 75'minutes
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forEcclestonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fox
  • 7Craigen
  • 11Lawless
  • 19Eccleston
  • 23Wilson
  • 26Lindsay
  • 28McDaid
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
2,723

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Partick Thistle 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Partick Thistle 4.

David Wilson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

Hand ball by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

David Wilson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dean Brill.

Attempt saved. Nathan Eccleston (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Wilson replaces Stuart Bannigan.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Nathan Eccleston replaces Ryan Stevenson.

Attempt missed. Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) header from very close range is too high.

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

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

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Attempt saved. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces James Vincent.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Ross Draper.

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

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 0, Partick Thistle 4. Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stuart Bannigan.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dean Brill.

Attempt saved. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

Attempt saved. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 0, Partick Thistle 3. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Stuart Bannigan.

Second Half

Second Half begins Inverness CT 0, Partick Thistle 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Partick Thistle 2.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1511222992035
2Inverness CT1610242417732
3Dundee Utd1610152819931
4Aberdeen1610152517831
5Hamilton1693429181130
6St Johnstone167271417-323
7Kilmarnock166371721-421
8Dundee165562121020
9Partick Thistle165472219319
10Motherwell1632111127-1611
11Ross County1623111736-199
12St Mirren1522111026-168
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