ALAN ARCHIBALD has called on his Partick Thistle players to show character after losing 4-0 to Ross County and dropping to the bottom of the Premiership.

The Firhill outfit had the opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the automatic relegation spot last night.

But they blew their chance and the Dingwall side leapfrogged them into 11th place. County and the Jags are level on points, but the goal difference was increased to 11 goals as Alex Schalk hit a hat-trick and Ross Draper added another.

Archibald said: “Yes, we are bottom of the table, but we are still in touching distance, so as long as there’s a chance we’ve got to get a result.

“We know where we are, we know the consequences of it, there are livelihoods at stake.

“The only good thing to take from it is there’s another game Saturday against Kilmarnock and the players can’t hide, they’ve got to stand up, it’s not a time to feel sorry for themselves.”

County joint-manager Steven Ferguson added: “Everything we asked from the guys, they gave us.

“Alex Schalk was fantastic, there were other individuals who were fantastic, that made the team performance what it was.

“It’s a massive boost, getting off the bottom of the table is huge, getting four goals is huge, keeping a clean sheet is huge, so all the factors were massive for us.”

The Dingwall side will still be without suspended skipper Andrew Davies for the visit of Hibs on Saturday.

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