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Partick Thistle 2-4 Ross County: Stunning comeback extends County league lead

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Firhill
Ross Stewart
Ross Stewart heads in County's third goal of the afternoon to give them the lead

Ross County pulled off a dramatic comeback from two goals down to stun Partick Thistle and extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Championship to five points.

Thistle's Aiden Fitzpatrick opened the scoring before Christie Elliott doubled the hosts' lead three minutes later.

Ross Stewart started a second-half comeback, Jamie Lindsay levelled, while Stewart netted again to put County up.

Billy McKay added a fourth from the spot after Stewart was fouled.

The penalty kick rounded off a terrific win for the Highland side who took advantage of Ayr United's slip up at home to Dunfermline Athletic and Falkirk holding Dundee United.

For Gary Caldwell's side, their seven-match unbeaten run is over as they sit bottom of the Championship on goal difference.

Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell: "It shows if you don't run, if you don't do the simple things and win your individual battles then you'll get punished.

"We got complacent in the second half and didn't do what we did in the first.

"I thought, first half, we were outstanding - by far the best we have played since I took over - and I warned them at half-time that the next 10 minutes are going to be big and they are going to come out and throw everything and, if they get something, it will galvanise them.

"I don't like being right, but I was right. Whenever you think you've cracked it in this game, you get punished and I think it is a wake-up call for the players. The players said it was embarrassing."

Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: "There was a slight tweak in terms of shape in the second half, but I've said it before this season that out players come up with the answers in the dressing-room.

"When the players believed what they were capable of in the second half, and we started doing all the things we've been doing for the majority of the season, you can see the performance we put in.

"As soon as Partick Thistle scored, we gave them too much respect and we let them get on top of us.

"But, when you've got Ross Stewart in the kind of form we found him in particularly in the second half then you're always going to have a chance of scoring a goal."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 15Hazard
  • 2Elliott
  • 31McMillanBooked at 79mins
  • 5AndersonBooked at 78mins
  • 3Penrice
  • 17Slater
  • 8BanniganBooked at 50minsSubstituted forSaundersat 72'minutes
  • 11HarkinsSubstituted forRoyat 76'minutes
  • 7Spittal
  • 21Fitzpatrick
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forMcDonaldat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McGinty
  • 10McDonald
  • 23Sneddon
  • 29Coulibaly
  • 30Mansell
  • 43Saunders
  • 99Roy

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 15WatsonBooked at 35mins
  • 12BoyleSubstituted forGrivostiat 36'minutes
  • 28van der Weg
  • 14MullinBooked at 18minsSubstituted forCowieat 83'minutes
  • 8Lindsay
  • 16SpenceBooked at 45mins
  • 7Gardyne
  • 27Stewart
  • 9MckaySubstituted forGrahamat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 19Graham
  • 21Munro
  • 24Paton
  • 26Cowie
  • 31Armstrong
  • 43Wallace
  • 44Grivosti
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
3,007

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home20
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 4.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Alistair Roy (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Craig Slater (Partick Thistle).

  9. Post update

    Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Spence (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Aidan Fitzpatrick (Partick Thistle).

  12. Post update

    Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Don Cowie replaces Josh Mullin.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aidan Fitzpatrick (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Billy Mckay.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 4. Billy Mckay (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  17. Booking

    Jack McMillan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Jack McMillan (Partick Thistle) after a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Penalty Ross County. Ross Stewart draws a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Booking

    Steven Anderson (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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