Stuart Bannigan scored a late equaliser that looked to have sent Thistle into extra time against Queens Park at Hampden last night but Chris Erskine had other ideas. The winger, who had come on as an eleventh minute sub for Sean Welsh, scoring in injury time to seal a dramatic win in a nine goal thriller.
Speaking after the game Erskine, like most of the fans, couldn’t quite believe what had just happened
“It was unbelievable. At 4-4 you think it’s going to be extra time, and my legs weren’t looking forward to it to be honest, but we got ourselves in the box at the end and the ball just fell to me so I was quite happy”
Erskine had earlier scored to make it 3-2 before Queens Park had come back to equalise again before going ahead with only a couple of minutes left and he was happy with his contribution from the bench.
“I certainly wasn’t expecting to come on as early as I did.” He admitted “I think I done alright when I came on, obviously I got the two goals, although the first one was a bit lucky. To win and get through to the next round is the main thing.”
Chris was quick to point out the importance of confidence within the team and the part it played tonight
“I think winning games breeds confidence throughout the team, it’s the same if you’re losing games, it’s hard to get out of. To be winning every week helps you and hopefully we can keep doing that.
“I think that’s one thing we lacked last season, if we lost a goal the heads would go down. I think we’ve shown so far this year that we have the fight, we lost a goal last week against Falkirk and we went up the park and scored again and we done it a couple of times tonight.
“We look as if we’re going to score more goals than the other team which is obviously the aim of the game.”
Turning his attentions to Dunfermline on Saturday the player is hoping the winning run can continue but knows it won’t be easy against the team that have come down from the SPL
“It’s going to be a hard game, obviously Dunfermline have come down from the premier league and they will want to go straight back up again but I don’t think we’ve got anyone to fear in this league.
“We’re playing well, we’re knocking the ball about and the gaffer has added to the squad in the summer. I think consistency is the main thing. We’ve got 4 wins from the 4 games and confidence is flowing through the team so hopefully we can go there and get the right result.
Interview by Craig Walker