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

By Eilidh DaviesBBC Sport Scotland at Victoria Park
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

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 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

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 2, Partick Thistle 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sean McGinty (Partick Thistle).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. James Wallace replaces Josh Mullin.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Blair Spittal.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Declan McManus (Ross County).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Declan McManus replaces Ross Stewart.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Stelios Demetriou.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces Kris Doolan.

  18. 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.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Craig Slater replaces Daniel Jefferies.

  20. Post update

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

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