Partick Thistle 3 - 3 Ross County

Match info: Scottish Premiership at Firhill Stadium

Date: 11/01/2014 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 3,539

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Partick

Lyle Taylor 28,39
Steven Lawless 47

3
vs
3

Ross Co

Filip Kiss 23,76
Ben Gordon 50

FT (ht: 2-1)

  • Last Updated: January 11 2014, 18:33 GMT

Post-match reaction to the 3-3 draw between Partick and Ross County.

Ross County celebrate Filip Kiss' second goal.
Ross County celebrate Filip Kiss' second goal.

Ross County boss Derek Adams watched his side fight back from two goals down at Partick to draw 3-3 but admitted his defence was so bad even he could have given them the runaround.

The Dingwall side found themselves trailing 3-1 at Firhill after the Jags responded to Staggies debutant Filip Kiss' opener with a brace from Lyle Taylor and Stevie Lawless' strike at the start of the second half.

But County hit back straight away with a Ben Gordon goal before Kiss planted a smacker on the hosts by levelling the score at 3-3 with a quarter of an hour left to ensure the single-point gap separating the sides in 10th and 11th in the Scottish Premiership table remains.

However, Adams claimed it was his side's flaws that made Taylor's talents shine as he took a swipe at defenders Scott Boyd, Brian McLean and Evangelos Oikonomou.

"The goals we gave away were terrible," said the Ross County manager. "Partick didn't have to work for the three goals they scored.

"In the first half, some of the decision making was so poor. We need to strengthen in that area this month now obviously.

"I spoke to my centre-halves at half-time at told them 'We are making Lyle Taylor look a very good player today'. That's unacceptable because he is a good player, but he's not a really good player.

"I could have played against my two centre-halves today and looked good, while Oikonomou needs to get off his deck chair."

Adams still hopes to bring in a goalkeeper and defender this month, while he has not given up hope of landing Notts County striker Yoann Arquin.

But he was at least content with on-loan Cardiff midfielder Kiss' offering.

He said: "I thought Kiss was outstanding. You could see the quality that he has got and why he has been playing for such a good team at Cardiff.

"The goals we lost were shockers but he has had to pull two out of the bag to save us."

County were second best in the opening period but struck first as Kiss finished off a fine team move with a low finish he caressed past Scott Fox.

Taylor struck twice for former club Falkirk at Firhill last season and kept up his 100 per cent record as he made his home bow as a Jags player.

First he drilled a deflected strike past Michael Fraser on 28 minutes after Stephen O'Donnell and Lawless broke quickly up field and then netted another 10 minutes later as he headed home at the near-post from an Aaron Taylor-Sinclair cross.

Lawless stabbed home a third a minute after the break and that should have been enough to confirm a first league home win since Thistle beat Morton in the First Division back in April.

But as the Jags got jittery, Gordon was allowed to hit back straight away after Taylor-Sinclair was forced to clear off his own goal-line from Richie Brittain's header, while Kiss kept his composure to slot home the equaliser after the Staggies skipper sent him through on goal.

Alan Archibald admits his side now have a mental deficiency when it comes to playing in front of their own fans.

"It's starting to look like this problem of not winning at home is a subconscious issue, because when you are 3-1 up at home you should be on easy street," he said.

"It feels like a defeat. We have struggled to score at home all season and then get three today and still don't win the match. It's hard to take.

"We didn't react well when we went ahead. We panicked. The worse thing to do as a defender is to retreat but we moved back five yards and invited County forward."


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