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Ross County 2-0 Partick Thistle: Dingwall side go top of Championship

Billy Mckay slots a penalty for Inverness
Billy Mckay's penalty was his 11th goal in his last 11 games

Ross County capitalised on Ayr United dropping points to return to the top of the Scottish Championship after beating Partick Thistle.

Billy Mckay's penalty - his 14th of the season - after Daniel Jefferies pulled down Don Cowie gave them the lead,

And the second came from Ross Stewart, who curled in a fine shot following an assist from Josh Mullin.

The best chance for the visitors fell to Aidan Fitzpatrick, whose 18-yard shot was just inches wide.

Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: "Partick Thistle were excellent. They are one of the better sides we've played here.

"I thought we were very resilient when we had to be and clinical when opportunities came. It's also nice to look at the league table and see that you go top but it's very early days.

"From my angle, it looked like a penalty. I would very much doubt someone like Don Cowie goes down without any contact."

Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell: "The players gave everything and controlled large periods of the game. Another ridiculous decision goes against us in an already difficult away game.

"I think everyone in the stadium didn't think it was a penalty. I know Don, he's not a dishonest lad but he's tried to read the contact and go down and the contact doesn't come and the ref falls for it.

"Our reaction was first class - we kept pushing, we kept controlling the game, creating good chances. We just couldn't put it in the net - it's been the story of our season so far."

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Watson
  • 44Grivosti
  • 12Demetriou
  • 6DraperBooked at 71mins
  • 14MullinSubstituted forWallaceat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Lindsay
  • 26Cowie
  • 27StewartSubstituted forMcManusat 84'minutes
  • 9MckaySubstituted forGardyneat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Gardyne
  • 10McManus
  • 11Vigurs
  • 17Keillor-Dunn
  • 21Munro
  • 43Wallace
  • 48Kelly

Partick Thistle

  • 23Sneddon
  • 2Elliott
  • 37ScobbieBooked at 61mins
  • 6McGinty
  • 3Penrice
  • 7Spittal
  • 8BanniganBooked at 57mins
  • 21FitzpatrickSubstituted forQuitongoat 58'minutes
  • 30JefferiesSubstituted forSlaterat 74'minutes
  • 19Storey
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forErskineat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Keown
  • 10Erskine
  • 16McCarthy
  • 17Slater
  • 20Wilson
  • 26Stevenson
  • 33Quitongo
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
3,467

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 2, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Partick Thistle 0.

Declan McManus (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean McGinty (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. James Wallace replaces Josh Mullin.

Foul by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

Craig Slater (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Blair Spittal.

Foul by Declan McManus (Ross County).

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Declan McManus replaces Ross Stewart.

Keith Watson (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Stelios Demetriou.

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

Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces Kris Doolan.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Partick Thistle 0. Ross Stewart (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Mullin following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Craig Slater replaces Daniel Jefferies.

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Michael Gardyne replaces Billy Mckay.

Ross Draper (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jai Quitongo (Partick Thistle).

Booking

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

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Ross County).

Foul by Don Cowie (Ross County).

Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Scott Fox.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Tam Scobbie.

Josh Mullin (Ross County) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Tam Scobbie (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Tam Scobbie (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Josh Mullin (Ross County).

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Jai Quitongo replaces Aidan Fitzpatrick.

Booking

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County18106233141936
2Ayr17105233151835
3Dundee Utd189542826232
4Inverness CT1751112418626
5Queen of Sth185852621523
6Morton185762027-722
7Dunfermline185581623-720
8Alloa183781726-916
9Partick Thistle1842121630-1414
10Falkirk1834111427-1313
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