Sat 22 July, 2017. Kick Off: - 15:00
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Jamie Sneddon and Blair Spittal
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Blast from the Past
4th August 2001
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The Betfred Cup returns to Firhill tomorrow afternoon with the visit of St Mirren to Maryhill. The Buddies sit two points ahead of The Jags, albeit having played a game more.
Thistle know a win is needed if hopes of progressing from group H are to remain alive and the mood in the camp is upbeat ahead of Saturday’s fixture.
Manager Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk with just over 24 hours to go until the first Firhill fixture of the campaign.
“We’re looking forward to the game tomorrow. The pitch looks great, the stadium is ready and all we need is just to get going on the referee’s whistle.
“We face another tough opponent in St Mirren. Jack Ross had an excellent second half of the season with them last year to drag them to safety when they were in a tough spot and they have a lot of good players playing for them. He has managed to keep the nucleus of his side together and there are some top quality players in his side.”
With Livingston taking control of the group in the early stages, Archie knows his side need to take their chances in front of goal to secure the much needed points.
“Looking back at last week’s game, we started well. For the majority of the first half we were on the front foot and if we had got the second goal then I’m sure we would have claimed all three points. We didn’t get that and they scored a quick goal at the start of the second half to put us on the back foot.
“The players all have another 90 minutes under their belt, but they will come up against a team who are slightly ahead of them in terms of minutes as St Mirren played during the week. I was at the 2021 stadium watching the game so I know what threats St Mirren are going to pose and the squad are all prepared for the challenges ahead.”
The gaffer was missing a number of key first team players last weekend and hopes to have a stronger squad to pick from tomorrow afternoon.
“Mustapha Dumbuya and Gary Fraser will definitely be missing for the longer term. Gary has been out for such a long time so we always knew it would take him a bit of time to get back up to speed with the rest of the squad.
“Hopefully we can get one of Niall, Abdul and Callum back for selection for Saturday’s game. If not, then we’ll have to go with the same squad against St Mirren.”
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Thistle canter to an easy 5-0 win with the bulk of the damage being done in the first half during which Thistle raced to a four goal lead.
Thistle added just the one after the break, a superb effort on the counter attack with Spittal converting, but they may have scored futher goals had Abdul Osman not been sent off. The only blight on an otherwise excellent afternoon.
That should have been six. Spittal plays a perfect through ball to Nisbet but Stewart sticks out a leg to save.
Lawless has a chance of a hat trick but Stewart gets down to save his shot from 20 yards out.
Minimum of 2 minutes additional time to be played.
Good bit of defending from Booth to stretch out his football and poke the ball to safety.
Booth is a little short with a pass back but Cerny is able to clear.
A flurry of late chances for St Mirren as a shot goes wide of Cerny's left hand post.
Magnificent stop from Cerny prevents St Mirren from notching a late consolation goal.
Another comfortable save as St Mirren, with the man advantage, enjoy some late pressure.
A Stewart header just clears the Thistle bar although Cerny looked to have it well covered had it been a few inches lower.
A clever Edwards pass just skips away from Lawless and out for a goal kick.
Spittal as expected takes the free kick but this time he doesn't vcatch the ball properly and it goes wide.
Spittal is fouled and Thistle have a free kick in not a disimilar position that brought Spittal his first goal.
McGinn's effort after holding off Bannigan goes high over the Thistle crossbar.
A poor clearance gives Smith a chance at the edge of the Thistle box but he can only drill a shot straight at Cerny who makes a comfortable save.
Not a bad response to going a man down. Thistle sweep forward. Erskine sends an inch perfect ball into the path of Spittal and he makes no mistake from the edge of the box.
Thistle are left with ten men as Osman's returned is marred by collecting a second yellow card. Both challenges were fouls but whether combined they merited a red card is open to debate.
It's all been fairly tame stuff so far in the second half. Spittal though has taken a knocks that he looks to be struggling a bit with.
Morgan goes for goal with the free kick but his effort is well wide of target.
St Mirren free kick about 30 yards from goal.
Thistle have simply been too good for St Mirren in a largely one-sided opening 45 minutes.
The opener that arrived via Kris Doolan after 12 minutes was well deserved and Thistle impressively built upon that early goal.
Two excellent strikes from Steven Lawless put Thistle well in control and Blair Spittal opened his Thistle account in spectacular fashion with a free kick from a few yards outside the box.
St Mirren have a rare effort on the Thistle goal but Morgan's effort goes harmless;ly over the bar.
Not a bad way to open your scoring account for your new club. Spittal takes the free kick himself and he leaves Stewart with no chance at all.
Spittal is fouled and Thistle have a free kick a few yards outside the St Mirren box, left of centre.
That's the pick of the goals so far. Thistle move the ball well over the width of the pitch. Booth plays the ball back to Lawless at the corner of the box and his thunders a shot into the back of the net.
Thistle are careless in giving the ball away and that provides Reilly with an opportunity at the left hand corner of the box but he drags his shot well wide of target.
It's another good corner from |Spittal that Stewart manages to get a fist to.
Spittal gets a shooting opportunity about 20 yards from goal but drags his effort wide of Stewart's right hand post. Thistle well in control at the moment.
Elliott's teasing cross from the right is missed by everyone.
Thistle do double their lead and it is another excellent finish, this time from Steven Lawless that gives Thistle the cushion of a second goal.
That should have been a second. Doolan's pass finds Erskine who has only Stewart to beat but the St Mirren keeper makes a good save.
Lawless does well to bring down a pass from Erskine but a defender is across quickly and he blocks at the expense of a corner.
Erskine, despite having his jersey tugged, sends over an excellent cross from the left that Spittal, at a stretch, just can't connect with.
Who else to score Thistle's first home goal of the season than Kris Doolan. He holds off a defender before firing low into the corner of the net. A typical Doolan strike.
Osman loses the ball about 35 yards from the Thistle goal and Kirkpatrick thunders in a shot that Cerny pushes away from goal.
After working a short corner with Lawless, Spittal delivers an excellent cross deep into the St Mirren box that Stewart just claws away from goal.
Thistle win a free kick on the left but the referee might have let play continue with Booth advancing.
Lawless threads through a beautiful pass for Spittal. Spittal though miskicks and is flagged for offside in any case.
Another season of football at Firhill begins this afternoon with a visit from St Mirren.
After an opening day draw at Livingston and a loss of the bonus point from the subsequent penalty shoot out a Jags win this afternoon is essential if continued progress in the competition is to be made.
To that end Alan Archibald is delighted to see the injury lost reduce a little with Callum Booth and Abdul Osman returning to the side.
Their returns sees James Penrice and Ryan Edwards drop to a substitute bench that still has a youthful, inexperienced look to it.