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Tue 16 July, 2013. Kick Off: - 19:30
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Livingston v Partick Thistle – 16th July 2013

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Match Report

Livingston v Partick Thistle – 16th July 2013

Although this pre-season friendly failed to produce a goal it was still a reasonably entertaining game played on a pleasant summer’s evening. Tempers though did get a little frayed in the closing stages of the game.
It was the home side that started the game the better and the game’s first chance came their way in just the second minute. Donaldson was able to get his head to a corner from the left hand side but the ball drifted over the bar.
Thistle though got into their stride fairly quickly. Ross Forbes was central to much of what Thistle produced during the first half and spotting Jamieson in the Livingston goal slightly off his line he attempted to chip the home keeper from 40 yards. His audacious effort never really looked like finding the net but it wasn’t too far off target either.
Forbes was heavily involved in Thistle’s next opportunity as well. His corner from the left broke off Kris Doolan at the back post but Jamieson was able to save right on his own goal line.
Doolan and Forbes combined again in the 11th minute but Forbes shot was just a little too close to Jamieson.
Both sides have a reputation for playing good football and another excellent Thistle move in the 16th nearly produced a goal but Steven Lawless’ shot from the right hand corner of the Livingston box was a shade too high.
It wasn’t all one way traffic, however, and a superb long ball from defence gave Livingston’s McNulty a chance but he could only lift the ball over Paul Gallacher’s crossbar.
The better chances though continued to come Thistle’s way. Christie Elliott send a shot over the bar after a Forbes corner had fallen to him and Forbes nearly found the net with a shot from the edge of the box after Steven Lawless had flicked the ball into his path.
Thistle were a little fortunate not to fall behind just three minutes into the second half. One of the Livingston trialist was left with just Gallacher to beat but he couldn’t make clean contact with the ball with the result that his shot slipped wide of goal.
It was Thistle’s captain for the night, Kris Doolan, that came the closest to scoring. He connected with an Aaron Sinclair cross from the left and his spectacular effort crashed off the cross bar. Seconds later Christie Elliott curled an effort just wide of target as Thistle looked to make the breakthrough that their play merited.
There was a steady stream of substitutions during the course of the second half which impacted on the rhythm of the game but each side would have a chance each to break the deadlock. Simon Mensing was able to get his head to a corner but the save that Paul Gallacher was required to make was fairly comfortable.
At the other end one of the many trialists saw his effort touched round the post for a corner.
There was a sting in the tail to the game with the referee having to produce a number of yellow cards as tempers began to get a little frayed after Livingston’s Jason Talbot’s late challenge on a young trialist.

Match Reaction

Livingston v Partick Thistle – 16th July 2013

Manager Alan Archibald was fairly content when [link:HOME] spoke to him after last night’s 0-0 draw with Livingston. Alan commenting;
“The game had a bit of bite about it which was good. We know all about Livingston; they play good football and they did that tonight and knocked the ball about well. I thought that we looked good going forward ourselves and had a couple of good moves. I just felt that we could have done things a little quicker at times and could have been a bit sharper. When we do do things sharply we look hard to play against.”
After a bit of pre-season slackness had crept into the performance at Dumbarton at the weekend the manager was pleased to see his defence keep a clean sheet last night.
“There were one or two wee things; I think it is just about impossible to get rid of them entirely. It seems to happen in all pre-season games. I’m delighted though with the clean sheet and it’s something to build on. It something you can start to take pride in and it’s good for the goalkeeper, no matter who is in goal, and for the back four to keep a clean sheet.”
Alan continued;
“I think the games have been getting tougher. You saw tonight that Livingston are a fit side and have played a few games. We go now to Arbroath on Saturday and it will be similar again as they start their league campaign quite early. We know that that will be another tough pre-season game for us.”
Coming up after that is a home game with Cypriot side AEL Limassol and that fixture is one that the manager is looking forward to.
“I don’t know how far they are along with their preparation but it’s always a bit different playing a side from abroad. I always enjoyed it pre-season when you got to play someone a little different. We’ve played Livingston and Dumbarton this pre-season mainly because they play on grass pitches. We played them both last season and I know it is frustrating for the fans to play them again but if you want to try and stay off the astroturf you don’t have too much choice in Scotland anymore.”
Once again last night’s game gave the manager the opportunity to cast his eyes over a number of trialists and his assessment was a positive one.
“I thought that they did well. You are never quite sure what you are going to get when you get CVs in and people recommend players but I thought they did really well tonight. It must be hard for a trialist coming in and only having about 45 minutes or an hour to show what you can do but I thought that they did well.”
So with a couple more pre-season games to go will they can further opportunities to impress?
“I’m not too sure as I need to weigh up what is best for the Club in regards to getting players in and getting my own players match fit and ready to go for the start of the season. We’ll think it over in the next day or two and then see what Saturday brings.”

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