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Partick Thistle 1-3 Ross County

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Firhill

Ross County's revival continued, with a second successive victory for Jim McIntyre's side.

The result lifts them off the bottom of the table and drags Partick Thistle a little closer to involvement in a relegation battle.

Craig Curran opened the scoring and missed a second-half penalty before Raffaele De Vita did add a second.

Lyle Taylor pulled a goal back but Marcus Fraser put the result beyond doubt.

The visitors looked hungrier throughout, with the battle for survival perhaps ensuring they played with an added edge.

Thistle have now lost five in a row though and find themselves just seven points above the bottom three.

A failure to stem that run could yet lead to a four-way fight to avoid the drop or at least a play-off, while County currently look the form team in that dogfight.

Jamie Reckord and Declan McDaid
County's form has improved while Thistle's has dipped in recent weeks

Their opening goal owed less to fabulous attacking than it did to defensive ineptitude and a bit of good fortune, as Michael Gardyne's cross cannoned off Daniel Seaborne from Frederic Frans' attempted clearance, falling kindly for Curran to tap into the net.

Paul Quinn should have added to the lead, but volleyed wide from 12 yards out and Curran's penalty miss after Liam Boyce was brought down by Seaborne hinted that County could yet rue missed opportunities.

But any such concerns were eased as Gardyne's perfectly-weighted pass allowed De Vita to slide the ball beyond keeper Paul Gallacher.

The home support were less than impressed by what they were seeing - Ryan Stevenson's header late in the first half the only real threat to Mark Brown's goal, an effort the keeper did well to keep out.

But they were given some hope as Taylor leapt to head past Brown from a Kallum Higginbotham corner.

County refused to buckle though and assured themselves of all three points courtesy of Fraser's superb individual goal.

It capped a team performance typified by stout defending and swift counter-attacking, a blend that could carry County to safety.

Marcus Fraser celebrates after scoring for Ross County against Partick Thistle
Fraser sealed the points for County

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 54mins
  • 13Frans
  • 5BoothSubstituted forBanniganat 57'minutes
  • 18OsmanSubstituted forHigginbothamat 58'minutes
  • 22FraserBooked at 66mins
  • 28McDaidSubstituted forDoolanat 45'minutes
  • 10Stevenson
  • 14Elliott
  • 29Taylor

Substitutes

  • 6Balatoni
  • 7Craigen
  • 8Bannigan
  • 9Doolan
  • 11Lawless
  • 15Higginbotham
  • 40Basalaj

Ross County

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Brown
  • 44FraserBooked at 83mins
  • 43Quinn
  • 5Boyd
  • 12ReckordBooked at 79mins
  • 36Irvine
  • 26WoodsBooked at 8minsSubstituted forKissat 78'minutes
  • 40Gardyne
  • 24De Vita
  • 11CurranSubstituted forDingwallat 87'minutes
  • 16BoyceSubstituted forJervisat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 7Cardle
  • 9Jervis
  • 10Kiss
  • 20Sernas
  • 30Dingwall
  • 38Burgess
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
2,951

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Ross County 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Ross County 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Filip Kiss (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Christie Elliott.

  5. Post update

    Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

  7. Post update

    Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Tony Dingwall replaces Craig Curran.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Frederic Frans.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Jervis (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Paul Quinn (Ross County).

  15. Booking

    Marcus Fraser (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Paul Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

  20. Post update

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