Ross County boss Derek Adams slams worst ever performance

Derek Adams

Ross County manager Derek Adams labelled his side's defeat by Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership the lowest point since he took over at Dingwall.

to the top-flight new boys in a match Partick Thistle dominated from start to finish.

"We didn't do well enough," Adams told BBC Radio Scotland.

"I think it's probably the worst performance I've had since I became Ross County manager."

Kris Doolan and a double from Steven Lawless in the second half gave the Jags a comfortable 3-0 lead over their Highland hosts, and not even a Graham Carey was consolation for Adams' men, who finished in fifth place last season.

Adams was unrelenting in his criticism and insisted his players need to find a return to the form they displayed last term.

"The players who came in didn't do well enough and the players we had last year didn't perform," said Adams.

"I didn't see us forcing a way back into the match. We should have pushed forward a bit more, but it was a bit of anxiousness in our play after we lost a couple of goals.

"When we got into good areas, we didn't pick out the right option, but defensively, we didn't look solid - there was gaps all over the pitch and from that point of view, we need to get back to what we were doing well.

"We didn't pass the ball well enough, we didn't get close enough to the Partick Thistle players - we have to do that better. Individually, the players have to look at themselves and perform better next week."

Despite the dispiriting result, Adams is confident he can make the required changes to restore confidence in the squad and was quick to point out that the season is only two weeks old.

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"We'll make changes for next week - we can't go with the same team that we played this week," said Adams. "There's no doubt about that.

"The players who don't go out will have no complaints, because they didn't do well enough.

"I thought Thistle played well, they closed us down, passed the ball well and they were energetic.

"They played with a freedom that you get when you win the First Division.

"But it's only two games in to a season, and from my point of view, it's too early to predict anything."