Partick Thistle 1 Kilmarnock 1 as late goal denies Ayrshire side top of the league status

Derek McInnes says he’s disappointed his side blew a chance to go top of the league – but he admits a draw was a good result on reflection.

Kilmarnock took a 59th minute lead at Firhill as Oli Shaw bagged his 10th goal of the season with a penalty before former Ayr United captain Ross Docherty fired home a stunning effort to save a point for Partick.

Killie would have been heading into the weekend at the summit of the Scottish Championship if they held on, but they must make do with second place.

McInnes has kept up an unbeaten start as Killie boss, but he’s frustrated his side didn’t leave Glasgow with all three points.

He said: “I think on the overall performance we were glad to come away with a point, but when you’re in a winning position with a few minutes remaining you are disappointed not to take all three.

Oli Shaw scores his penalty
Oli Shaw scores his penalty

“It was a tough match, the surface wasn’t the best in terms of players losing their footing and things like that.

“But I’d say Thistle were better than us, they weren’t much better than us in the second half, I thought we got against them well, they didn’t get it all their own way.

“We never gave up too many chances when we were in front which was pleasing, and that’s why you’re disappointed not to take the win.

“It’s important that we get all three points from winning positions from here on in.”

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The first clear-cut chance of the match fell to the visitors when Blair Alston tried to curl an effort home in the 20th minute, but it was well saved by Jamie Sneddon.

Zak Rudden tried his luck just after the half hour mark as he fired a shot towards goal, Zack Hemming got down well as he was equal to the effort.

The hosts had a fantastic chance in the 43rd minute when Cammy Smith latched on to a Kevin Holt cross, he fizzed an effort goal bound but Brandon Haunstrup blocked off the line well.

Haunstrup was involved at the other end just a minute later as his teasing cross was almost met at the back post, but Sneddon cleared the ball.

Killie were awarded a penalty just before the hour mark when Richard Foster was accused of handling a cross by whistler Nick Walsh.

And Shaw made no mistake as he fired his spot-kick down the middle of Sneddon’s goal to give the visitors a much-needed lead.

But it was heartbreak for Killie as Docherty fired home a spectacular effort in the 87th minute from 20 yards which left Hemming helpless.

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