Match Preview

Our away form this season hasn’t been great but there was a great deal of encouragement to take from last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Falkirk. Tomorrow afternoon Thistle are on the road for the second week in a row, this time travelling down to Dumfries to face a Queen of the South side that are fighting for the First Division life’s.

Manager Jackie McNamara is certainly anticipating a very difficult fixture tomorrow.

“Last week we faced a Falkirk side that were desperate for points to try and bridge the gap between them and Ross County at the top of the table. This weekend we will be facing a Queen of the South side who are desperate for points to try and haul themselves away from the foot of the league. It’s a different kind of challenge from what we faced last week but will be as every bit as tough a fixture. From our own point of view we would like the points just to take us a bit further away from those at the bottom so we can fully concentrate on trying to put pressure on Dundee who are immediately above us in the league.”

“The pitch wasn’t in the greatest of condition the last time we were down at Dumfries and I fully expect the game to be, first of all, a bit of a battle. As I’ve said on a number of occasions this season, it is very important, first and foremost, that we do the fundamental aspects of the game correctly and we will certainly need to do that tomorrow.”

The manager though has a few injury worries to contend with ahead of tomorrow’s fixture.

“Kal Naismith will miss out as will Conrad Balatoni, Darren Cole and Willie Kinniburgh who picked up a knock during a bounce game on Tuesday. That’s three defenders that are missing and it is strange that whenever we have had a run of injuries this season they all seem to have come in the one area of the park. In a sense it makes team selection fairly easy but given the good performance at Falkirk last weekend it isn’t a difficult team selection in the first place. The players can take a great deal of confidence from last Saturday’s display and hopefully they can take that into tomorrow’s game and that we are heading back to Glasgow with three points at the end of it.”

Partick Thistle Stats

Current Form – Last Five Games

 W           D             L              F              A

2              1              2              8              8

Scorers Season 2011/2012

Paul Cairney 11

Kris Doolan 10

Christie Elliott 5

Chris Erskine 5

David Rowson 4

Tommy Stewart 2

Conrad Balatoni 1

Stephen O’Donnell 1

Own Goals 1

Last Game

Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division

Saturday March 10th 2012

Falkirk 1, Partick Thistle 1

Queen of the South Stats

Current Form – Last Five Games

W            D             L              F              A

1              1              3              4              8

Scorers Season 2011/2012

Tom Brighton 6

Scott McLaughlin 6

Kevin Smith 5

Ryan McGuffie 4

Danny Carmichael 3

Sam Parkin 3

Allan Johnston 2

Stephen McKenna 2

Stephen Simmons 2

Mark Campbell 1

Nicky Clark 1

Chris Higgins 1

Gavin Reilly 1

Last Game

Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division

Saturday March 10th 2012

Queen of the South 1, Raith Rovers 0

Last Meeting

William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round

Saturday January 7th 2012

Partick Thistle 0, Queen of the South 1

Teams

Thistle: Fox, O’Donnell, Sinclair, Paton, Robertson, Archibald, Cairney, Flannigan (Dargo), Doolan, Elliott (Stewart), Erskine.

Queen of the South: Robinson, C Reid, A Reid (Reilly), Simmons (McKenna), McGuffie, Higgins, Johnston, McLaughlin, Clark, Carmichael, Holt.

Scorer

Queen of the South: Carmichael (89)

Crowd: 2,454

Match Details

Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division

Saturday March 17th 2012

Queen of the South v Partick Thistle

Kick-off: 3:00pm

Prices

Adult                               £17

Over 65 years                £10

Full time Student            £10

Under 16 years               £5

Travel

Supporters Bus Information

By Car
The car park may be reached from Portland Drive or King Street and has a capacity for approximately 174 cars. Please note that the car park is closed 30 minutes prior to kick-off.

By Bus
Buses from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayr and Stranraer all pass within a short distance of the park.

By Train 
There is a reasonable service to Dumfries Station from Glasgow on Saturdays, but the service is more limited in midweek. The station is about 3/4 mile from the ground.

Match Officials

Referee: George Salmond

Assistant Referees: Ross Haswell and Martin McCarthy

Other First Division Fixtures

Hamilton v Livingston (Friday)

Morton v Dundee

Raith Rovers v Ayr United

Ross County v Falkirk

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