Yesterday’s excellent 3-0 win over Dundee didn’t move Thistle up the league table but does keep Thistle’s hopes for a third place finish alive. Indeed, victory over Falkirk this coming weekend would take Thistle above Falkirk, the side currently sitting in third position, on goal difference. The potential exists, therefore, for Thistle to finish an often inconsistent season on a positive note.
The 3-0 win at Dens Park yesterday has unquestionably been one of the highlights of the season and it was a naturally highly contented manager Jackie McNamara that ptfc.co.uk spoke to after the game.
“That was an excellent team performance with a lot of really good individual performances right through the team. We could have killed the game off a lot earlier than we did. Dundee I think got a bit of a lift from the penalty save, and it was a good stop from Rab Douglas. Last week against Raith Rovers we ended up hanging on for a point in a game in which we had been in almost total control of. We need to add a winning mentality to our game and today we had that.”
Naturally much of the after match attention focused on hat-trick hero Paul Cairney and with the midfielder out of contract at the end of the season, speculation has been rising over the future of the 24 year old player. Said the Thistle manager;
“We are going to do our best, but it is going to be difficult to keep Paul at the Club. He’s a great wee lad and we are starting to get the best out of him. He missed that penalty early in the second half but the way he took his second goal and then another penalty to complete his hat-trick shows the confidence that he is playing with at the moment.
“Paul was excellent today and the shape and system that we are using at the moment really seems to suit him and Chris Erskine. The free role that they have been given really gives them the freedom to hurt teams. Their movement makes them really difficult for teams to pick up.”