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SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership
Sat 30 April, 2016. Kick Off: - 15:00
Firhill Stadium, Glasgow.

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
12
Ryan Scully
3
Daniel Seaborne
4
Sean Welsh
5
Callum Booth (Christie Elliott (14), 64 mins)
6
Abdul Osman
7
David Amoo (David Wilson (18), 69 mins)
9
Kris Doolan
11
Steven Lawless
15
Mustapha Dumbuya
17
Liam Lindsay
19
Ryan Edwards (Mathias Pogba (99), 53 mins)
 
Subs
35
Paul Gallacher (GK)
2
Gary Miller
13
Frederic Frans
14
Christie Elliott
16
Aidan Nesbitt
18
David Wilson
99
Mathias Pogba
Inverness CT
25
Owain Fon Williams
3
Carl Tremarco
5
Gary Warren
6
Josh Meekings
8
Ross Draper
14
Danny Devine
16
Greg Tansey
11
Jordan Roberts (Liam Hughes (21), 90 mins)
20
Liam Polworth
28
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Ryan Williams (7), 83 mins)
39
Miles Storey (Richie Foran (9), 83 mins)
 
Subs
1
Ryan Esson (GK)
7
Ryan Williams
9
Richie Foran
15
Nathaniel Wedderburn
17
Lewis Horner
21
Liam Hughes
2
David Raven
 
Subs
35
Paul Gallacher (GK)
2
Gary Miller
13
Frederic Frans
14
Christie Elliott
16
Aidan Nesbitt
18
David Wilson
99
Mathias Pogba
 
Subs
1
Ryan Esson (GK)
7
Ryan Williams
9
Richie Foran
15
Nathaniel Wedderburn
17
Lewis Horner
21
Liam Hughes
2
David Raven
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Inverness CT

Thistle are looking to bounce back from consecutive Ladbrokes Premiership defeats tomorrow afternoon when Inverness visit Firhill. Manager, Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk about his thoughts on the game.

“It’s another big game for us. We’re looking to get the three points which will push us above Inverness in the league table, as well as putting a bit of pressure on Dundee in 7th. We’re looking at the teams above us as we try to finish the season in as high a position as we possibly can.

“It’s never enjoyable to lose games but we have analysed where we went wrong last week against Dundee. I felt we played well in the second half and deserved a point but we can up just a little bit short and ended up with nothing.”

The season is close to its conclusion but the manager has warned his players not to think about their summer holidays just yet.

“We’re still not mathematically safe from the relegation playoff slots so the first thing we must do is secure our safety and guarantee we are playing the 2016/17 season in the Premiership. A win on Saturday would go a long way to helping with that goal and would allow us to begin preparations for next campaign.”

Games against Inverness have been attractive, open games with both teams committing to playing football something Archie likes to see.

“Inverness are similar to ourselves in that they like to get the ball down and pass it. It generally makes for good, entertaining games against two sides which are evenly matched all over the pitch.

“We’ve got quite a good record against the highland side since we got promoted to the Premiership and we’re looking to continue that tomorrow. We know that when the players cross the white line it will count for nothing and we’ll have to be at our best to continue our unbeaten fun against Inverness.

Finally, the gaffer brought us up to date with team news.

“We’re able to welcome back Dan Seaborne and Callum Booth after their suspensions last weekend. We missed them in the side and they have both been regulars for a long spell of the season so it’ll be good to have them back in the squad once again.

“On the injury front we’re still missing Tomas Cerny and Gary Fraser. Stuart Bannigan received the good news that he won’t require surgery on his injury, but he will still miss the rest of the season. I suffered from knee injuries during my playing career and I know the impact it can have on a player so I’m delighted for Stuart that he won’t need to have an operation.”

Match Report

Partick Thistle v Inverness CT

Thistle hosted Inverness in their second post-split fixture of the 2015/16 campaign with the Jags looking to pick up the three points that would end all uncertainty about the sides Premiership status for next season.

Alan Archibald made 3 changes to the side which lost narrowly to Dundee last weekend with the suspended duo of Callum Booth and Dan Seaborne returning to the side. Christie Elliott and Gary Miller dropped out. The midfield was adjusted slightly with the pace of David Amoo preferred to the creativity of Aidan Nesbitt.

Thistle got the game underway, shooting towards the North Stand in the first half and the game was immediately an open end to end affair. With just over a minute played Liam Polworth had an early effort comfortably dealt with by Ryan Scully from around 25 yards out.

Thistle had a glorious chance to take the lead after three minutes when Kris Doolan and Ryan Edwards linked up well from a Scully clearance. Edwards was able to slot the ball into the path of Steven Lawless who fired an effort inches wide of target from just inside the Inverness penalty area.

Inverness were playing with a high pressing game and David Amoo burst through wide on the right. As he cut into the visitor’s penalty area, an excellent tackle halted his progress.

With 15 minutes on the clock Inverness took the lead. Carl Tremarco entered the Thistle half untracked and received a through ball. With Kris Doolan bursting a gut to track the full back, Tremarco was able to advance into the Thistle penalty area and dink an effort past Scully into the far corner of the net.

Jordan Roberts was next to have an effort on the Thistle goal when he curled a free kick just wide of Scully’s post. Storey burst through on goal and looked set to double Inverness’ lead but good pressure from Liam Lindsay meant his effort was weak and Scully could collect comfortably.

Callum Booth whipped over a low cross which evaded everyone but unfortunately for Thistle it glanced just beyond the far post.

Thistle were starting to come back into the game as an attacking threat as the first half wore on but both Welsh and Doolan couldn’t find the target with long range efforts.

Miles Storey was fed through by Ross Draper but, once again, Ryan Scully was equal to his effort.

Thistle’s best chance of the first half fell to Sean Welsh when his free kick from 30 yards forced a diving full length save from Fon Williams in the Inverness goal.

The final effort of the first half fell to David Amoo. Steven Lawless switched the ball wide to the pacey winger. With Carl Tremarco facing him up, he cut inside but his effort was deflected into Fon Williams’ arms.

The second half got off to the worst possible fashion as Inverness doubled their lead with just over 30 seconds on the clock. A throw in found Storey in acres of space inside the Thistle penalty box. He fired a low effort across goal, finding the back of the net via the back post despite Scully getting a hand on the ball.

Inverness were rampant and cutting Thistle apart at will. Storey was finding acres of space around the Thistle defence and when he teed up Mutombo, the attacker could only find the side netting.

Inverness should really have been three goals up when Meekings’ cross was diverted goalwards by Jordan Roberts. His effort, however, struck the post of Ryan Scully.

Thistle’s defence were all over the place as Inverness piled forward. Mutombo delivered a deep cross, which was met by Miles Storey but a terrific save from Ryan Scully denied the striker.

Inverness were attacking relentlessly in the second half and only poor finishing denied them a third goal that they deserved. Brave blocks from Osman and Doolan denied Mutombo before the lively attacker was denied by an excellent double save from Scully. With the loose ball rolling towards the goal, Seaborne was able to get back and clear off the goal line.

With 15 minutes to go, Inverness did grab their third goal when Meekings was able to guide a Tansey corner beyond Scully. The defender was in acres of space and fired a first time effort beyond the helpless goalkeeper.

Inverness were content with the three goal cushion and retained the ball comfortably in the closing stages of the game.

There was a lifeline for Thistle with six minutes remaining when Kris Doolan scored for the third consecutive home game. He pounced on hesitancy in the Inverness defence to take control of a loose ball. He danced the ball away from the goalkeeper before slotting into an empty net.

The joy was short lived, however, as Roberts met a cross at the back post. His half volley went high into the net past the helpless Ryan Scully.

Inverness could have added to their lead in the closing minutes as they toyed with a beleaguered Thistle side.

After two minutes of additional time, Euan Anderson put the home support out of their misery in a game that could have been much worse for Alan Archibald’s men.

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Inverness CT

A very disappointing afternoon at Firhill saw Thistle fall to a 4-1 defeat to an Inverness side that looked hungrier for most of the 90 minutes.

Alan Archibald took time to speak to ptfc.co.uk after full time and it was clear that he was very disappointed with his side’s performance.

Archibald said: “I thought we started the game pretty well and the first half as a whole was quite even. Having said that thefirst goal was a terrible one to lose from a defensive point of view and we really need to be doing better in that situation.”

Although it was only 1-0 at half time, Inverness fans didn’t have to wait long after the break with the visitors’ second goal coming just over 30 seconds after the start of the half.

“The second half was not acceptable in any way shape or form. We asked for a reaction at half time and we didn’t get it. When we’ve had maybe a bit of a lacklustre half in the past we’ve often had a reaction from the boys in a good way but we certainly didn’t get that today.

“All the things we’ve done well this season we didn’t do today. Everything that we have built a bit of success on this season went totally out the window in that second half. I honestly don’t think we have defended as poorly as that in about a year and a half.”

Although few of the players wearing red and yellow will look back on today’s game with much fondness the Jags keeper, Ryan Scully, did well to keep it to four.

Archie said: “I felt sorry for Ryan today to be honest. I know it sounds odd when you say it because we lost four goals but if hehadn’t made some of the saves that he did then it could have been a lot more.

”With Kilmarnock winning comfortably against Hamilton at New Douglas Park, next week’s match against the Ayrshire side now takes on new significance for the Jags.

“We’re still in a great position to keep ourselves well clear but we should be spending this time focussing on moving up the table. Any pressure we now feel is completely self-inflicted and we need to make sure we are much, much better next week.

“We’ll get back on the training pitch this week and put theresult behind us. We need to focus on the remaining games and aim to take maximum points so we can finish the season on a positive note.”

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