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Boyd still the man from the spot

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Craig Samson insists striker Kris Boyd will not relinquish penalty duties, despite Saturday's miss against Partick.

The Scotland international saw his last-minute effort from 12-yards saved by Jags keeper Paul Gallacher as Killie went in search of a late equaliser.

The visitors had been handed a life-line after defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair was sent off for hauling down Killie substitute William Gross in the box, but Gallacher read Boyd's intentions and parried the ball away.

Thankfully for Boyd, though, teenage team-mate Robbie Muirhead was quickest to the rebound as he slammed home to secure a 1-1 Scottish Premiership draw at Firhill.

But despite Boyd missing when it counted, Samson insists the former Rangers frontman will not give up the penalty responsibilities without a fight.

The Rugby Park number one said: "I've seen Boydy miss a few penalties over the years so it won't bother him too much. But I can assure you of one thing, no-one else will be allowed to take the next one.

"There are no worries on that front. He will certainly step up and take the next one."

Partick took a third-minute lead when Samson failed to get down in time to save from Kallum Higginbotham's spectacular overhead kick.

The 29-year-old claimed the sandy Maryhill playing surface played a contributing factor in the goal, but was still honest enough to accept his share of the blame.

"The ball died a wee bit as I got down to save it and it sneaked past me," he said. "That top goalmouth is not the best, but that's not a excuse. Dealing with things like that is part and parcel of being a goalie and it was my fault. Thankfully we got a goal late on to save the day."

Thistle could have overtaken Killie and claimed ninth place with their first league win in nine months, but once again let the three points slip.

Ross County's 3-0 win over Dundee United now means Alan Archibald's side drop into 11th place and keeper Gallacher admits Thistle's top-flight future is now in jeopardy.

He said: "We have dropped vital points. We could have climbed above Kilmarnock had we beaten them on Saturday.

"Instead, we've dropped into the play-off spot and it's a concern for us. It's frustrating for us all. But we're creating chances and playing great football. It's not as if, for the use of a better term, we are getting pumped every weekend and were stranded down at the foot of the table.

"We have been playing well and we're hoping it will turn round for us. It was disappointing today and hopefully we can rectify it on Tuesday when we face St Johnstone."