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Partick Thistle 0-1 Inverness CT: Tom Walsh strike & penalty save seal win for Highlanders

By Heather DewarBBC Scotland at Firhill
Mark Ridgers kept out a penalty from Blair Spittal as Inverness held on to win at Firhill
Mark Ridgers kept out a penalty from Blair Spittal as Inverness held on to win at Firhill

Partick Thistle slumped to a seventh successive defeat after missing a penalty at home to unbeaten Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Tom Walsh curled in the game's only goal on 71 minutes to end a sequence of seven draws for the Highlanders.

Blair Spittal had the chance to level soon after but his spot-kick was saved by Mark Ridgers.

Inverness move up to fourth in the Championship, while the Firhill side drop down to ninth spot.

What the managers said

Partick Thistle's Gary Caldwell: "I thought we were magnificent from the first minute to the last - the attitude, application. I've seen a lot of things I'm extremely happy and positive with.

"It's going to take time. This is a club that's been losing for a long time; you can see the fragility in the players. We have to build on this for next week.

"Top players miss penalties, it's a part of the game. He had the courage to step up, he was outstanding in the game - 90 minutes of hard work and real quality.

"I hurt as much as the fans. Stay with us, keep believing. I'm working towards long-term success and hopefully this performance will give us confidence for future."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's John Robertson: "Thistle will feel they might have nicked a point, but perhaps now that we've stopped the run of draws, our team will get the credit it's due. It's gone under the radar because of the crazy sequence of draws and it will give us the boost to start climbing up the table.

"The key now is to kick on from here. It was frustrating fans and players - probably five of those games we could've won.

"We don't have the biggest squad but when you show that togetherness, that team spirit, that's what will get us further up in the league."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bell
  • 2Elliott
  • 5Keown
  • 6McGinty
  • 3Penrice
  • 19StoreySubstituted forFitzpatrickat 66'minutes
  • 17SlaterBooked at 69mins
  • 8Bannigan
  • 7Spittal
  • 33QuitongoBooked at 78mins
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 11Storer
  • 16McCarthy
  • 20Wilson
  • 21Fitzpatrick
  • 23Sneddon
  • 37Scobbie
  • 39Ntambwe

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ridgers
  • 22McKay
  • 5Donaldson
  • 6McCart
  • 4ChalmersBooked at 90mins
  • 24TraffordBooked at 39mins
  • 15Welsh
  • 11Walsh
  • 7Polworth
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 14OakleySubstituted forWhiteat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Austin
  • 19White
  • 35Macgregor
  • 40Harper
  • 42Hoban
Referee:
Steven Kirkland
Attendance:
2,509

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Inverness CT 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Inverness CT 1.

  3. Booking

    Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Welsh (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jamie McCart.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Niall Keown (Partick Thistle).

  8. Post update

    Jordan White (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Booking

    Jai Quitongo (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jai Quitongo (Partick Thistle).

  12. Post update

    Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jai Quitongo (Partick Thistle).

  14. Post update

    Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jamie McCart.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jamie McCart.

  18. Post update

    Penalty saved! Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  20. Post update

    Sean McGinty (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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