Robbie Muirhead's late strike earned Kilmarnock a draw to leave Partick Thistle still looking for their first home league win this season.

The youngster netted after Kris Boyd's penalty kick had been parried by Paul Gallacher, with Aaron Taylor-Sinclair sent off for conceding the spot-kick.

It was heartbreak for Thistle who controlled the majority of the match.

Kallum Higginbotham's overhead kick had given Thistle an early lead but they were unable to add to their advantage.

And so Alan Archibald's find themselves without a victory in 11 Scottish Premiership matches on home soil and slipping to second bottom in the table.

The hosts could not have got off to a better start with Higginbotham's terrific opener.

Partick Thistle's Kallum Higginbotham celebrates after scoring against Kilmarnock

Higginbotham gave Thistle an early lead

Killie captain Manuel Pascali could only clear a long throw towards Higginbotham 10 yards out and he adjusted well to beat Craig Samson with an acrobatic effort.

With goalkeeper Scott Fox picking up a heel injury in training, Paul Gallacher made only his second appearance for Thistle and also took over the captain's armband in the absence of Sean Welsh.

Gallacher only had to deal with a few passbacks in the opening 20 minutes with Thistle a frequent threat at the other end.

Stephen O'Donnell shot wide from 20 yards after a surging run and Higginbotham also came close to adding a second as he blasted over under pressure inside the six-yard box.

Muirhead was booked for diving just after the half-hour mark following a challenge from Thistle's new signing Lee Mair.

Higginbotham along with Steven Lawless and Lyle Taylor were giving the visitors defence a difficult time with their creative link-up play.

Thistle looked the more composed side and came close from a Taylor-Sinclair free-kick which was turned away by Samson.

Boyd had his first effort at goal on the hour mark, turning his marker to to create space for a shot which flew wide of Gallacher's left-hand post.

Higginbotham though was the star attraction for the home team and he eluded four Killie defenders only for his neat cutback to find no takers.

Killie came to life in the last 10 minutes, posing a greater threat to the home goal.

Boyd was denied by Gallacher when clean through and the ball broke to substitute William Gros, whose follow-up was headed off the line by Conrad Balatoni.

But, in the final minute, Taylor-Sinclair brought down Gros to concede a penalty and suffer a red card.

Boyd's spot-kick was parried by Gallacher but Muirhead was the first to pounce and slot home with his right foot.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Partick Thistle

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 02 O'Donnell Booked
  • 03 Taylor-Sinclair Dismissed
  • 22 Fraser (Muirhead - 75' )
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 15 Mair
  • 11 Lawless (Elliott - 80' )
  • 07 Craigen
  • 21 Taylor
  • 08 Bannigan
  • 23 Higginbotham

Substitutes

  • 05 Muirhead
  • 09 Doolan
  • 10 Forbes
  • 14 Elliott
  • 16 McMillan
  • 31 Wilson
  • 32 Waters

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Samson
  • 30 Ashcroft
  • 02 Tesselaar
  • 28 Slater
  • 29 Pascali Booked
  • 05 Irvine
  • 18 McKenzie (Gros - 76' )
  • 08 Clingan
  • 09 Boyd
  • 33 Muirhead Booked
  • 10 Johnston (Kiltie - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Nicholson
  • 11 Gros
  • 12 Reguero Chapinal
  • 16 Clohessy
  • 23 McKeown
  • 25 Gardyne
  • 36 Kiltie
Ref: Steven McLean
Att: 4,092

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

4 5

Corners

5 3

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 1.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 1.

90:00 +2:02

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:02

Foul by William Gros (Kilmarnock).

90:00 +0:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 1. Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

90:00

Penalty saved! Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

88:59 Dismissal

Dismissal Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

88:49

Penalty conceded by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) after a foul in the penalty area.

88:49

Penalty Kilmarnock. William Gros draws a foul in the penalty area.

84:10

Attempt missed. Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

83:57

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

83:37

Attempt saved. Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

83:27

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Lee Mair.

83:10

Attempt blocked. William Gros (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

82:56

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Steven Lawless.

78:03

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

78:03

Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. William Gros replaces Rory McKenzie.

74:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Aaron Muirhead replaces Gary Fraser.

70:16

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

62:37

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

62:37

Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:37

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

59:02 Booking

Booking Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

59:00

Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:51

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

55:40

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

55:40

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock).

51:50

Attempt saved. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

51:07 Booking

Booking Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

51:05

Hand ball by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

50:51

Attempt blocked. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:20

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

47:23

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:23

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

46:21

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle).

46:21

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:26

Lee Mair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:26

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

45:00

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Greg Kiltie replaces Chris Johnston.

45:00 +0:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 0.

39:55

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Craig Slater.

35:44

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:44

Foul by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock).

35:10

Foul by Lee Mair (Partick Thistle).

35:10

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:55

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:08

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

32:08

Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:22 Booking

Booking Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

31:20

Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) has gone down, but that's a dive.

30:31

Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

30:01

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Manuel Pascali.

29:28

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:28

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock).

25:33

Attempt saved. Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:47

Foul by Lee Mair (Partick Thistle).

24:47

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:52

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.

19:49

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

18:53

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

18:53

Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:44

Foul by Lee Mair (Partick Thistle).

15:44

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:57

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

7:10

Lee Mair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:10

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

5:08

Attempt missed. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

3:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 0. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

1:19

Attempt missed. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

0:49

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Manuel Pascali.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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