Match Preview

There has been a frustrating wait for it, but Tuesday night’s 4-2 win over Ayr United finally signalled Thistle’s first win of 2012 and took the club back into the top half of the First Division. The First Division is a notoriously tight division but is those above us rather than those below that manager Jackie McNamara is hoping to focus his attention on for the remainder of the season.

“It’s a strange league, we’re in fifth position 11 points off the top of the league and 10 points off the bottom. Our aim is to try and put pressure on those above us and victory over Raith Rovers tomorrow would help us do that. We’ve a home game the week after against Hamilton Accies and if we could win our next two matches that would set things up nicely for a wee midweek trip to face Ross County. Ross County are top of the league at the moment but they’ve had a lot of postponements and face a hectic schedule between now and the end of the season. If Dundee were to beat them tomorrow that would help blow the league wide open and while the gap at the moment is significant it wouldn’t take a miracle to bridge it.”

“First and foremost though we need to beat Raith Rovers tomorrow. It was great to get the victory on Tuesday night and score a few goals in the process and we should go into tomorrow’s game with a bit of confidence as a result of that. We’re aware that we have lost both our previous meetings with Raith Rovers this season and as always we will need to do the fundamental parts of the game correctly if we are to get the points tomorrow.”

“Injury wise we are fairly well placed. We had to make a late change to our side on Tuesday with Sean Welsh picking up an injury. Sean is still struggling and it doesn’t look as if he will make it. He’s the only injury worry that we have and we will be travelling to Kirkcaldy with virtually a full squad to select from.”  

Partick Thistle Stats

Current Form – Last Five Games

W            D             L              F              A

1              2              2              5              6

Scorers Season 2011/2012

Paul Cairney 10

Kris Doolan 8

Christie Elliott 5

Chris Erskine 4

David Rowson 4

Tommy Stewart 2

Conrad Balatoni 1

Stephen O’Donnell 1

Own Goals 1

Last Game

Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division

Tuesday February 21st 2012

Partick Thistle 4, Ayr United 2

Raith Rovers Stats

Current Form – Last Five Games

W            D             L              F              A

0              3              2              5              10

Scorers Season 2011/2012

John Baird 10

Brian Graham 4

Joe Hamill 3

Allan Walker 3

Grant Murray 2

Dennis Prychyenko 2

Pat Clarke 1

Willie Dyer 1

Laurie Ellis 1

Jason Holt 1

Stephen Reynolds 1

David Smith 1

Danny Thomson 1

Jamie Walker 1

Iain Williamson 1

Last Result

Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division

Tuesday February 21st 2012

Hamilton Accies 2, Raith Rovers 1

Last Meeting

Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division

Saturday December 17th 2011

Partick Thistle 0, Raith Rovers 1

Teams

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

Raith Rovers: McGurn, Donaldson, Dyer (J Walker), Ellis, Hill, Murray, A Walker, Davidson (Williamson), Baird, Smith, Hamill.

Scorer

Raith Rovers: Baird (66)

Crowd: 1,918

Match Highlights

Match Details

Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division

Saturday February 25th 2012

Raith Rovers v Partick Thistle

Kick-off: 3:00pm

Prices

Adult £17

Junior £9

Senior Citizen £9

Pre School Concession Free

Parent and Child £20

College/Uni Concession (proof of status required) £13

Jobseeker Concession (proof of status required) £9

Travel

By Supporters Bus

By Car 
Car parking is available in the Esplanade, which is on the south side of the ground and in Beveridge Park, which is on the north side of the ground.

By Bus
The main bus station in Kirkcaldy is also within 15 minutes walking distance of the ground, but the Edinburgh, Dunfermline and Leven services pass close by the park.

By Train
Kirkcaldy Railway Station is served by trains from Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow (via Edinburgh) and the ground is within 10-15 minutes walking distance of the station.

Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Clancy

Assistant Referees: Stephen Allan and Grant Irvine

Other First Division Fixtures

Ayr United v Livingston

Dundee v Ross County

Falkirk v Queen of the South

Morton v Hamilton Accies

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