Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 1-0 Inverness CT

By Colin MoffatBBC Scotland

Steven Lawless drilled in a late winner to ease any relegation worries Partick Thistle may have.

Lyle Taylor knocked a high ball into the midfielder's path on 84 minutes and Lawless steered it into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Thistle were the marginally more threatening side in a drab contest.

James Craigen and Ryan Stevenson had shots saved, while a first-half diving header from Inverness CT's Ryan Christie was comfortably stopped.

Thistle are now nine points clear of Motherwell in the relegation play-off spot after making it back-to-back victories in the top flight for the first time since May 2004.

With Aberdeen slipping up at Dens Park, the sluggish approach from the visitors was puzzling and Caley Thistle fall eight points behind the second-placed side.

Manager John Hughes switched to a back three but Marley Watkins was an isolated figure in attack, with the Jags defence giving him no room to exploit his pace.

In what was the only effort on goal of note from the Highlanders, Christie threw himself at a Josh Meekings cross but his header was gathered easily by Scott Fox.

Craigen found space on the left behind the visitors' defence, with his low strike pushed round the near post by Esson.

After the interval, Esson needed to push away a thumping free kick from Stevenson, while the same player was not too far away with a curling effort.

Lawless set up team-mate Kris Doolan with a shooting opportunity but the striker was too slow to react and a defender in blue was able to deflect his shot wide.

However, the hosts were rewarded with maximum points when substitute Taylor used his strength to get to a high ball first and Lawless latched on to the lay-off to find the net.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 6Balatoni
  • 5Booth
  • 18Osman
  • 7Craigen
  • 8Bannigan
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forRichards-Evertonat 90'minutes
  • 10Stevenson
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forTaylorat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 12Gallacher
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 22Fraser
  • 23Wilson
  • 28McDaid
  • 29Taylor
  • 30Keenan

Inverness CT

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Esson
  • 2RavenSubstituted forOfereat 86'minutes
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Shinnie
  • 14Devine
  • 19WilliamsSubstituted forDoranat 68'minutes
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forKinkat 65'minutes
  • 15Watkins

Substitutes

  • 4Vincent
  • 7Ofere
  • 10Doran
  • 11Ross
  • 12Brill
  • 18Tremarco
  • 25Kink
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
2,603

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away2
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Inverness CT 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Inverness CT 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

  4. Booking

    Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

    Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ben Richards-Everton replaces Steven Lawless.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Edward Ofere replaces David Raven.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Inverness CT 0. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lyle Taylor.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

  12. Post update

    Tarmo Kink (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

  15. Post update

    Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Warren.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

  19. Post update

    Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

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