SPFL Ladbrokes Championship
Sat 5 October, 2019. Kick Off: - 15:00
The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill
Adults – £20
Concessions – £15
Under 16s – £5
Away fans will be housed in the north end of the Jackie Husband Stand entering the stadium via turnstiles 40 and 41 only.
There is a cash gate for Queen of the South supporters and a card payment option will be available at the Jackie Husband Stand ticket booth.
Match Programme v Queen of the South
This weekend, Partick Thistle take on Queen of the South in what will be Ian McCall’s first home game back as Partick Thistle manager and our matchday programme for the game will be available for just £3.
Included in the programme will be:
Copies of our matchday programme will be on sale around the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill ahead of kick off.
If you can’t make it along to the game, copies of the programme can be purchased online from our programme supplier, Curtis Sport, here.
The Partick Thistle PlayerZone returns this Saturday after our match at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill against Queen of the South.
Scott Fox and Sean McGinty will be appearing in the Aitken Suite following the conclusion of this weekend’s fixture.
If you wish to attend make your way around the outside of the stadium to the Aitken Suite entrance on Firhill Road.
Ian McCall takes charge of a game at Firhill as Thistle manager for the first time since 2011 tomorrow as his Jags side take on Queen of the South in the Ladbrokes Championship. The new gaffer oversaw his first league game back at Inverness last Saturday, earning a terrific 3-1 win in the Highlands and he’ll no doubt be hoping for a repeat performance this week against the Doonhamers. A win for the home side would see them leapfrog Queens in the table with Allan Johnston’s side just a point above Thistle in the division standings. McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the clash, starting by looking back on his first couple of weeks back at the club:
“The first week was a difficult one for us as a coaching staff because we’d only had two short sessions and this feels like the first week that we’ve had them properly working with us. Nevertheless, I could tell pretty quickly that it was a better group of players than the league position suggested and that maybe we just needed a bit of confidence in the group.
“It has been very hectic over the last two weeks and there’s been a lot of press which hopefully will just calm down soon so we can focus ourselves on winning games for the club.”
Ian briefly expanded on his point about confidence and trying to get the best out of a group of players who haven’t been performing at their best this season.
“You look at the quality of player that’s here and then you look at the results that the team have had and I think it’s pretty natural to think maybe it’s a confidence issue. Also, they’ve had some bad luck like when they were playing Ayr and got two boys sent off having been probably the better team for the first half but I definitely think that building up this team’s confidence is going to be the key to getting them winning games consistently.
“The best way to build that confidence is undoubtedly to win games which is why Saturday is such a big game for us. Last weekend was great and it lifted the spirits a bit but it’s going to take a string of results to get this team where we want it to be mentally.”
The gaffer spoke about how he’s dealt with the players in his time since being appointed, telling us that every player has a clean slate.
“We’ve been honest with the guys and said that everyone has a fresh start. Everybody has got until January and even then, I don’t think I’ll make huge changes in January so everyone will get their chance to impress and earn the opportunity to play longer at this magical club.”
Queen of the South are the opposition this weekend as Ian McCall returns to Maryhill as Thistle boss and he’s aiming for all three points against the Doonhamers.
“Outside of the top two teams in this league, I don’t think there’s much between the other eight at the moment so it’s up to us to take the game to them. It’s at home too and the team’s record at home in the league isn’t great so we have to try to put that right with a victory tomorrow.”
With almost a full squad to pick from the Jags gaffer will have plenty of tough decisions to make over who gets in his starting line up.
“We have only the long term players out injured. Craig Slater managed to get through 45 minutes in Tuesday night’s City of Glasgow Cup tie against Queen’s Park which was the plan. It’s too soon for him, or Gary Harkins for that matter, to come into the squad for the game on Saturday.”
Finally, Ian had a message for the Jags fans who he hopes will turn out in plenty of numbers for the game against Queens.
“The supporters were awesome last Saturday. We’re back at Firhill this week and it’s a stadium that can have an incredible atmosphere so I hope we see plenty of fans for the game. The support from the stands definitely helped the boys at Inverness and a big support at home would help again this week.”
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It's another home defeat for Thistle.
The game's only goal came just before the hour mark when Brownlie headed home a El Bakhtaoui corner.
Thistle's best play of the afternoon largely came after the concession of that goal but they couldn't fashion the equaliser that their play at that point would have merited but they were undone on more than one occasion by their own lack of composure.
McCrorie comes off his line to claim McGinty's cross and that should be it.
Cole takes the free kick and McCrorie manages to clutch on to the spinning ball.
Thistle have a free kick near the left corner of the Queens box. Last chance for the Jags?
Thistle press and probe fpr an equaliser and nearly find one. Williamson crosses from the right but Miller glances his header the wrong side of the post.
Bannigan's pass can't pick out Miller's run into the Queens box.
O'Ware's cross into the box drifts away from Miller and out for a goal kick.
Cole, lurking 25 yards from goal, collects the ball and a thundering drive is about a foot too high. Thistle are pressing hard for an equaliser.
Zanatta goes down in the box looking hopefully for a penalty that is never going to be given for that.
Break in play as the Queens physio comes on to treat an injured player.
Thistle are on top but not showing the composure needed to fashion an equaliser. Time is slowly starting to run out for the Jags.
Cole tries his luck from distance and McCrorie gets down near his left hand post to safely stop an awkward bouncing shot.
It's frustrating for Thistle as no one can gather a Williamson cross before a Zanatta shot his the legs of a defender.
Thistle clear the corner and as they try and break the referee spots a Queens player down injured in the box and halts play.
Queens slice Thistle open on the counter attack and only the legs of Fox deny Dobbie from extending the Queens lead.
O'Ware strides forward and gets the ball out wide to Cardle on the right but his cross is far too close to the lkeeper who easily collects the ball.
Williamson lays the ball back to Cardle but his cross is poor and goes out of play.
Thistle should be level. Cole comes forward and finds Gordon in the box. Gordon only has McCrorie to beat but his touch is heavy which allows the keeper to half save. The ball breaks loose but Miller can't apply a finish either.
Zanatta's shot from 20 yards out goes wide of target.
Zanatta does well to keep a Robson pass in play and his cross is cleared. It's gathered by Miller who has a shooting chance at the edge of the box but he snatches at the ball and his effort goes harmlessly wide.
This time Cardle sees his corner cleared before Queens win a free kick at the edge of their own box.
Nearly an equaliser as McGinty's header is deflected over for another Thistle corner.
Positive response from Thistle to the ;loss of the goal and Gordon's cross is blocked for a corner.
Williamson plays a ball to the feet of Zanatta and his low shot goes narrowly wide.
Thistle undone again by a failure to defend a cross into the box. El Bakhtaoui's corner is headed powerfully home by Brownlie.
Queens put the ball out of play for Pybus to receive some treatment.
Thistle have been the better side since the restart but Miller's header aside haven't made McCrorie work.
Williamson does really well to get the ball over from the right bye line. His cross is met by the head of Miller but he heads into the ground and McCrorie has a comfortable save to make.
Hamilton does well to hold off the attentions of O'Ware and plays the ball back to Dobbie at the edge of the box but he can do no more than lift a tame shot over the Thistle crossbar.
Miller is at the heart of things for Thistle but neither Palmer or Gordon can apply a finish to his cross into the box.
Gordon claims a corner as he gets his head to a cross from the left but the game restarts with a goal kick.
Zanatta is a little unfortunate not to find Cardle with a low cross but Queens clear.
It's far too easy for Queens there. Dobbie pokes a pass into the path of Holt and his low cross across the face of the Thistle goal really should have been touched into the net by someone.
Although things improved as the half wore on for Thistle it was the visitors that looked the most likely to score during a goalless first half.
Indeed they would have taken a narrow lead into the dressing room at half-time had Scott Fox not produced a fantastic save to push a net bound Mercer effort over the bar.
Joe Cardle has come the closest to finding the net for Thistle with a couple of efforts going narrowly wide and one forcing McCrorie into a low save.
Thistle though will be looking for a second half improvement if they are to claim the three points his afternoon.
Cardle shoots from a few yards outside the box. His low effort sees McCrorie scrambling across his goal but Cardle's shot goes narrowly wide.
Cardle twists and turns to find space for a shot but McCrorie is equal to his shot when it comes.
It's a stunning save from Fox who somehow manages to twist his body to push Mercer's shot that was destined for the top corner round for a corner.
No escape for Bannigan this time as Queens break quickly after clearing Cardle's corner.
Cardle's corner is cleared.
Williamson's cross is headed behind for a Jags corner.
Cardle gets the ball back after his corner is cleared and this time McCrorie comes off his line to claim the ball.
Thistle look for a penalty as Palmer makes a run into the box but settle for a corner.
Bannigan is a little fortunate not to collect the game's first booking for a late challenge right in front of the Queens bench.
Cardle takes the corner, Thistle's first of the game, and Gordon tries to bundle the ball home but McCrorie has an easy save to make.
Cardle takes the free kick. He gets the ball over the wall but also well over the crossbar.
Zanatta is fouled a yard o so outside the Queens box almost bang on centre.
Queens enjoy the break of the ball inside the Thistle box and that presents Dobbie with a real opportunity but his shot drops wide of Fox's left hand post.
And out of almost nothing Thistle nearly conjure up a goal. Cardle picks the ball up the ball at the edge of the box on the left. He cuts across the box and even though a shot didn't really look on he manages to curl and effort just wide of McCrorie's left hand post.
There seems to be a real edginess to Thistle's play so far this afteroon.
Queens make full use of the width of the Firhill pitch and Pybus finds space on the right but makes a mess of his cross.
Hamilton heads the ball on for Dobbie who gets in behind the Thistle defence. He looks offside though and the flag does eventually go up for offside. Queens still look the much more likely side to score at the moment.
Some Queens fans think they have scored bu Dobbie's snatched effort hits the side netting and Thistle have a goal kick.
Thistle haven't seen too much possession in the Queens half so far but that's much better. Robson plays a nice ball down the left for Zanatta. His cross is cleared but Thistle pick the ball up again. It's fed up to the feet of Cardle who shoots wide.
El Bakhtaoui floats in the free kick and Brownlie is able to get his head to the ball but his effort, under pressure, goes well wide of the Thistle goal
It's the visitors that are having the better of things and they win a free kick about 25 yards from the Thistle goal in line with the corner of the penalty box.
McGinty gets his head to El Bakhtaoui's corner and the ball goes out for a throw on the opposite sode.
Both sides are keen to make an early impact and Palmer curls a shot wide of goal from just outside the Queen of the South box.
Queen's nearly open the scoring inside the first 60 seconds. Dobbie threads a pass through to Pybus but his shot is blocked by an alert Fox.
It's Queens that nearly open the scoring inside the first minute. Pybus threads a pass through to Dobbie who is denied by Fox with O'Ware completing the clearance.
Thistle get he game under way and will be shooting towards the city end in the first half.
Queen of the South are the visitors this afternoon as Ian McCall makes his Firhill return and does so with confidence high following an excellent 3-1 win at Inverness last weekend.
The 'new' Firhill gaffer starts today with the same side that started the second half at Inverness last week. Shea Gordon replacing Steven Saunders in the only change from the side that started 7 days ago.
Alloa's victory last night over Dundee United saw Thistle slide to the foot of the league overnight but a three point haul for the Jags this afternoon would see them climb a couple of league places at least.
All is set for an exciting 90 minutes of football.
It was a return to the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill for Partick Thistle as they looked to build on last week’s impressive victory in the highlands against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. In a game where Thistle had most of the attacking play it was a single goal which settled the contest in favour of the Doonhamers. Jags gaffer Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk shortly after the match.
“We did not deserve to lose that football match, that’s a given. I don’t think we necessarily deserved to win it but we had a lot of good attacking play. You saw Queen’s sitting in which I’ve no qualms with but we created a few chances that we should have scored. I think if we had got one the place would have went mental. We’ve got to improve the home form there is no doubt about that.
“The league is what it is. In the first half I felt there was no shape to the game really at all. I think Dobbie had one decent effort for them and Cardle had a few chances for us. In the second half I felt we were the dominant team particularly after they scored. It was just one set play that cost us. What we can’t do is get in the way of “it’s just not falling for us”. It didn’t fall for us 2 or 3 times but you have to make sure it happens and make sure it falls for us. There is a wee nervousness about Firhill and it is our job to stem that.”
The gaffer has only been in charge a couple of weeks but already he can see improvement within the squad.
“It’s a fresh start for everybody. I was very pleased with how we played in the second half . I felt we could have had more of cutting edge at times but that is the nature of this league. I think there might be one or two teams who stretch clear at the top but I think there will be six or seven teams fighting for everything else and every three points is going to be crucial.
“I think the squad are better than being bottom of the league. I think the confidence is the big thing. Confidence in any sport is a massive factor and if that is eroding then it is tough to go and play. We need to get that back. We’ve got to get big crowds back to Firhill and in the long term it will improve. I was pleased with how we played, we just didn’t have that last wee bit to add to it and we’ve got to add that.”
It was a set piece that separated the sides and Ian was disappointed that a fine margin cost the team at least a point.
“I made a point in my team talk that it might be one set play in these games and you’ve got to score it. We’ve got players who can go and attack it but it was a good header from their player. I thought our centre backs did very well today and we were defensively quite good, it was just one moment that cost us.”
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