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‘IT WASN’T PRETTY, BUT I’M HAPPY,’ ALAN ARCHIBALD

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ALAN ARCHIBALD admitted Partick Thistle were forced to win ugly as they overcame Ross County 3-1 in Dingwall last night to move off the foot of the Premiership.

The Jags made the breakthrough five minutes after the interval when Liam Lindsay powered in a header from a corner.
Kris Doolan doubled the lead just after the hour mark and Chris Erskine put the result beyond doubt in the 78th minute before Liam Boyce nodded in a late consolation.

Archibald felt his team had put in better performances in the 1-0 defeat at Celtic on Tuesday and last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Hearts, but was delighted they were able to seal all three points in their third successive away match.

He said: “I don’t know how it looked from the stands, but it was tough to play in, so I’m delighted.

“The conditions were hard, but I thought we managed them really well. It was a very even first-half, but I was very pleased with the second-half performance – and the second goal was key.

“We’ve been resolute away from home, but didn’t get the rewards at Parkhead the other night after a good performance and Tynecastle before.

“We probably played better in those two games, but this game was more about a battle, endeavour, a gritty performance – and scoring at the right times. The only negative was their goal.”

His opposite number Jim McIntyre bemoaned the conditions as his side were beaten for the first time in seven matches.

He said: “It was a scrappy, scrappy game. It was very hard to play in those conditions, I think both teams toiled. I didn’t think there was anything in it up until two set-plays and we’ve not done our jobs.”

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