Speaking after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to promotion rivals, Kilmarnock, manager Ian McCall believes ‘Streetwise football’ and chance creation was the difference at Firhill Stadium.

Kevin Holt’s own goal partnered by Oli Shaw’s stunner in the second half was enough to see the Jags slump to fourth place, seven points behind leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

He said: “I didn’t think there was a lot in the game but on chance, Kilmarnock deserved to win. I felt they were more streetwise than us. We had more possession, corners and shots at goal but we didn’t have any clear cut chances, so in that respect, Kilmarnock deserved to win.

“Both goals from our point of view were poor. It was criminal for (Jamie) Sneddon to save the penalty and then for us to give one away two minutes later. 

“We’ve played Inverness and Kilmarnock in the last two weeks and I think they’ll both be up there, but we’re not far that off them, to be honest, I just don’t think we created a lot of chances today. 

“We had a lot of balls into the box but didn’t create chances. Their long ball over the top caused us problems all day and so in that respect they deserved to win”.

Oli Shaw celebrates his first goal for the club after an earlier penalty miss. Credit - Kilmarnock FC

The early stages of the match saw the Jags take the upper hand but were unable to make the possession count. This would come back to bite Thistle with two unanswered goals in the second half putting the game out of reach for the home side.

He said: “There were stages where we were on top but even in that period I’m not sure we created. We had a lot of possession and got into areas but I’m not sure we made any clear cut chances.

“A couple in the second half we should have done better with. They’ve come down from the Premiership and we’ve come up from League One and I’m not sure there’s much between us. But, on the day, in terms of playing streetwise football, Kilmarnock deserved to win because they made the better chances”.