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The Betfred Cup group stages have proven to be a tricky test for Alan Archibald’s side as they gear up for the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign beginning next Saturday at Easter Road.
The Jags can clinch a slot in the last 16 of the competition with victory against Stranraer at Firhill tomorrow afternoon.
Manager Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk after training concluded on Friday afternoon with the squad ready for a tough final test in Group H.
“We’re ready to take on Stranraer tomorrow and the players know that if we win we’ll be in the next round of the competition. There will be no nervous waiting for other results to creep through, we know that if we win, we’re in which is the position we want to be in.
“Ideally, we’d have won the group but credit to Livingston, they won all three of their group games after beating us on penalties to finish as group winners. We know that we can qualify as best runners up tomorrow, although that means we won’t be seeded. We won all four group games last season and were seeded but drew Dundee United so it shows you the tough ties you can get on both sides of the draw.”
Stranraer haven’t picked up a point in the Betfred Cup so far but Archie knows the squad will be fired up ahead of the trip to face Premiership opposition. A strong start will be needed to stop any nerves creeping around the stadium.
“Stranraer haven’t had the results they wanted so far in the group but they won’t need any motivation for tomorrow’s game. They have a number of players who have played at a higher level and will want to show that they can still perform against a high quality of opponent.
“It’s an opportunity for them to showcase what they can do. They’ll come and play without any fear to give it a go at Firhill. We’ll have to be strong and focussed on the task in hand to give ourselves the best chance to do what we want to achieve.
Abdul Osman returns from suspension and the gaffer admits that it is likely to be more of the same from the squad on Saturday.
“Abdul comes back into contention after his suspension but the squad is the same as the one that took on Airdrie on Tuesday. We were hoping to use this group to give some of the youngsters more game time but we’ve been in a position where we’ve had to win every game. We need to get the games won before we bring on young player.
“James Penrice started against Airdrie on Tuesday and did really well in what was a tough battle. He hasn’t done his chances any harm and he is the example for the other young players in how they can give me good selection headaches.”
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Thistle secure their place in the knockout stage of the Betfred Cup but needed a Christie Elliott goal three minutes from the end to do so.
Currie makes an excellent stop to deny McLaughlin.
Spittal his the side netting with the free kick.
Barton is fouled right on the very edge of the Stranraer box.
Elliott lashes home a loose ball inside the box.
Booth's teasing cross is cleared.
Edwards curls a shot just a foot or so too high but with time rapidly running out we need a goal.
Turner is replaced by Stoney.
Spittal's cross is just out of reach for Barton. Booth collects the ball wide on the left and knocks a pass inside to McLaughlin whose effort his too high.
Lawless comes off for McLaughlin.
Booth's cross goes behind the Thistle players in the box.
A clearance falls to Edwards at the edge of the box but he never has the ball under control and fires well wide.
Agnew on for Okoh.
Thistle give the ball away cheaply and are thankful thatr Okhoh can do no more than shot tamely at Cerny.
Erskine does well to get the ball from under his feet but his shot though well hit is straight at Currie.
Edwards replaces Bannigan.
Into the final quarter of this game and Thistle are far from certain to advance. A bonus point from a penalty shoot out might prove to be sufficient but that situation is changing all the time.
Booth does well to keep the ball in on the left but Erskine is off balance and can't divert the ball towards goal.
Okhoh misses a good chance for Stranraer as he tamely drags a shot wide of goal.
Currie can't make a clean catch inside his 6 yard box and that nearly presents Thistle with an opening but frustration is really starting to grow here.
Good footwork from Doolan but he is crowded out as he tries to advance towards goal.
Anderson goes off to be replaced by Woods.
Spittal plays the ball back to Erskine at the edge of the box but he skies his shot well over the bar.
Doolan tries to curl a shot into the top corner from the corner of the box but Currie is able to get a cross his goal to collect the ball.
Currie gets down quickly to save Spittal's low drive.
Doolan is quickly involved in the action and see his effort blocked in 6 yard box.
Doolan replaces Nisbet.
Barton gits possession to Hamill and Cerny needs two attempts to safely grab hold of the shot that follows.
Currie doesn't have to come too far off his line to claim Spittal's corner.
We've had sunshine and showers at Firhill but no goals in a dull first half.
Thistle have been the better side but have created very few chances.
Lawless tries to take matters into his own hands and cuts inside before curling a shot wide of goal.
It's a good corner and Thistle just get the ball clear. The ball is knocked backed into the box and eventually runs through to Cerny.
There isn't enough curl on Spittal's free kick and play restarts with a Stranraer goal kick.
Nisbet is clipped and it is a Thistle free kick right at the left corner of the box.
Thistle take a quick free kick but Lawless' ball to the back post can't find Osman and Stranraer have a goal kick.
Spittal is pushed to the ground an Thistle have a free kick just in from the right touchline.
Dick is unable to collect an Anderson ball into the box after some slack play from Thistle.
Lawless lifts the ball into the box but it is too high for Nisbet which allows Currie to collect the ball.
Erskine pushes through a pass to Elliott whose shot from just outside the box dips just as it goes over the crossbar.
Bannigan is back on and immediately collects a pass.
Play is stopped for Bannigan to receive a spot of treatment.
Lawless finds Erskine with a neat pass. Erskine though can't find a Thistle player with his chipped cross.
Cerny doesn't make a clean catch from the free kick but he gets enough of a hand to the ball to get it away from the danger area.
Stranraer free kick near the right hand corner of the Thistle box. The visitors have been growing in confidence in the last few minutes.
The free kick is lofted deep into the thistle box. Okoh is able to get his head to the ball but is streatching to reach it and as a result it goes over the bar.
Stranraer have a free kick deep inside the Thistle half on the right hand side.
Devine escapes his marker to reach Spittal's corner but he can't keep his header down.
Lawless takes the free kick and Currie is forced to tip it round for a corner.
Spittal,is fouled at the right edge of the Stranraer box.
A long ball forward from Lawless skips over the turf and just out of the reach of Erskine's forward run. Erskine catches the ankles of a defender and Stranraer have free kick.
A teasing Spittal cross falls in between two Thistle players and is cleared.
It's a better corner from Spittal but is headed clear.
Good move from Thistle ends with Elliott's cross knocked behind for a corner.
it's a good corner from Turner. It gets a touch to it and that touch takes the ball across the face of the Thistle goal and out for a goal kick.
Spittal plays a good ball through to Erskine. Erskine delays just for a second and when he does take a touch towards goal he knocks it out for a goal kick. Thistle well on top but no chances yet.
A Booth cross aimed for Nisbet at the edge of the 6 yard box is headed clear.
Erskine is able to get the ball out wide to Booth. Booth cuts inside but his shot is blocked by the legs of a defender.
Spittal's near post corner isn't a great one and although Devine is able to get down low to connect with it the ball goes well wide of the Stranraer goal.
First effort on goal comes from Stranraer but Cerny is able to make a comfortable stop from Okoh's effort after some hesitation from Barton.
The sectional stage of the Betfred Cup comes to an end this afternoon and the task facing Thistle is a simple, on paper at least. Secure a win against Stranraer and qualification for the knock-out stages will be secured.
Three changes from the match against Airdrie have been made for this afternoon's encounter at a windy Firhill. Into the starting eleven come Abdul Osman, Stuart Bannigan and Kevin Nisbet.
Dropping to the bench are Kris Doolan, Ryan Edwards and James Penrice. They are joined by Ryan Scully, Andrew McCarthy, Neil McLaughlin and making a very welcome return Niall Keown.