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Betfred Cup
Tue 8 August, 2017. Kick Off: - 19:45
McDiarmid Park, Perth

Betfred Cup
Tue 8 August, 2017. Kick Off: – 19:45
McDiarmid Park, Perth

Supporter Information: 

Admission Information: 

Partick Thistle fans will be located in the north stand as usual and Jags season ticket

Adults: £18 or £12 for SJFC/PTFC season ticket holders

Concessions (65 and over & 13-18 year olds): £12 or £10 for SJFC/PTFC season ticket holders

U12: Free

Supporters’ Buses

City Centre Branch

Pick ups:

Q Club – 17:20

Station Bar – 17:30

Non members welcome.

Please call 07979496154 or email   to book.

Jordanhill Branch

Pick ups:

Jordanhill Station – 18:00

Thornwood Bar – 18:05

Prices:

Members:

£10 for adults

£6 for concessions

Non Members:

£16 for adults

£8 for concessions

All Jags fans are welcome but booking is essential.

For seats please contact Alistair on 07817612563 or email  

For general enquires please contact Iain on 07779668357 or email  

Jordanhill Branch Membership Information:

Jordanhill Branch Membership covers all published pre-split Ladbrokes Premiership league away games, except the visit to Ibrox where no bus will run.

Members will benefit from reduced rates for any away cup games.

As in previous seasons, membership can be paid in one installment or over the course of the season. However, we appeal for consistent payments as the buses require to be paid for on each away match day.

Membership costs are as follows:

Adult – £200

Student/Retired/Unemployed – £115

School Attenders – £80

Parent & Child – £240

For more information please contact Iain at  

North-West Branch

Pick ups:

Milngavie Station – 17:30

Esquire House – 17:50

Maryhill Community Halls – 18:00

Prices:

£16 for adults

£10 for concessions. (School aged children, unwaged adults, senior citizens & matriculated students)

For seats non-members should e-mail  

North-West Branch Membership Information:

Non-members intending to travel regularly should consider joining the North-West since the benefits are considerable.
The North-West will run a bus to every away Betfred Cup, Ladbrokes Premiership and Scottish Cup fixture played outwith Glasgow in season 2017-18.
No need to book seats for each game, your place is guaranteed!
A fixed fee (full fare £270, concession fare £150) can be paid in installments throughout the season. This fee has been held at the same level as in 2016-17.
To become a North-West Branch member please e-mail  

St Johnstone
1
Alan Mannus
4
Blair Alston (Graham Cummins 63)
5
Joe Shaughnessy
6
Steven Anderson
8
Murray Davidson
9
Steven MacLean (Chris Kane 77)
10
David Wotherspoon
11
Michael O'Halloran
19
Richard Foster
24
Brian Easton
26
Liam Craig (Stefan Scougall 58)
 
Subs
12
Zander Clark
3
Scott Tanser
20
Kyle McClean
21
Stefan Scougall
25
Chris Kane
28
Ally Gilchrist
29
Graham Cummins
Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Tomas Cerny
3
Callum Booth
4
Jordan Turnbull
6
Abdul Osman
10
Chris Erskine
11
Steven Lawless (Stuart Bannigan 76)
13
Adam Barton
14
Christie Elliott
15
Daniel Devine (Niall Keown 28)
19
Ryan Edwards
20
Kevin Nisbet
 
Subs
12
Ryan Scully
5
Niall Keown
17
Milan Nitriansky
8
Stuart Bannigan
21
James Penrice
24
Andrew McCarthy
26
Neil McLaughlin
 
Subs
12
Zander Clark
3
Scott Tanser
20
Kyle McClean
21
Stefan Scougall
25
Chris Kane
28
Ally Gilchrist
29
Graham Cummins
 
Subs
12
Ryan Scully
5
Niall Keown
17
Milan Nitriansky
8
Stuart Bannigan
21
James Penrice
24
Andrew McCarthy
26
Neil McLaughlin
Match Preview

St Johnstone v Partick Thistle – 8th August 2017

A series of tough matches in the Betfred Cup meant that Partick Thistle went into the round of 16 draw as an unseeded team. With Livingston topping the group, Thistle were left with a number of difficult opponents as possible cup opponents. In the end, it would a familiar opposition that Alan Archibald would have to contend with as the Jags were drawn against fellow top six side from last season, St. Johnstone, who entered the competition at this stage following their European adventure’s conclusion.

The Firhill side have met the Perth outfit in cup competition already this year when Thistle travelled to McDiarmid Park in February and came away 1-0 winners in the Scottish Cup fifth round. The Maryhill men must now travel to Perth again as they look to advance into the Betfred Cup quarter-finals. Jags boss, Alan Archibald, spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the clash.

Archie, firstly, addressed Kris Doolan’s condition. The Jags’ striker was forced off with an injury during the first half at Easter Road on Saturday and is struggling with a hamstring problem.

“The physio’s initial thought was that he’d be out for seven to 10 days so missing the next couple of games, but he could have a chance for Friday’s game against Celtic as he wasn’t feeling too sore today. Having said that I’m just going to let Kris focus on his recovery and I’ll use him when he’s ready. It’s always difficult when he’s missing but more now than ever as we don’t have much cover. We’ll have to use different personnel but hopefully we won’t have to alter our play style much.”

St. Johnstone away represents a very difficult draw for Archie’s side but the gaffer is prepared for the challenge that Tommy Wright’s team present.

“We’re used to the tough draws, we always get them. The disappointing thing is we play them again in a couple of weeks and we’d like a bit of variation in the cups which is what the group stage brings to be fair. We have a decent record in Perth but we were poor last time we were there and they got a win on Saturday so it’ll be tough.”

Despite his team’s defeat on Saturday by Hibs, Archie is optimistic that his team can improve on their performance from the weekend in, what will inevitably be a different type of match on Tuesday night.

“It will be a totally different game tomorrow, we’ve spoken to the boys about that. Saturday was a special occasion in terms of the crowd and atmosphere which gave the match a different feel. We started well there but fell apart after Boyle’s goal and we have to do better in those situations with our mindset and mentality. Tomorrow will be a different game entirely, it’s probable that I’ll make a couple of changes and we’re preparing for St Johnstone.”

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93’Full Time
89’Goal Thistle! Chris Erskine
St Johnstone 0 - Thistle 3

Chris Erskine gets on the end of a flick on and attacks the box. He skips past Anderson and slots calmly past Mannus.

 
88’

A rebound drops to Scougall on the edge of the box and he shoots low. It skims through bodies and takes a slight nick which leads to a Saints corner.

84’St Johnstone Booking - Richard Foster

The right-back is booked for dissent.

81’St Johnstone Booking - Murray Davidson

Davidson is booked for a heavy tackle on Stuart Bannigan.

 
79’

David Wotherspoon picks up the ball and shoots from outside the box. His attempt deflects off Turnbull but finds the head of Cummins. He doesn't have much time to think though and heads over from close range.

77’St Johnstone substitution: Chris Kane replaces Steven MacLean
76’Thistle substitution: Stuart Bannigan replaces Steven Lawless
 
75’St Johnstone corner
 
72’

A deep cross from the Saints left is touched on by the head of Davidson. The ball comes to Shaughnessy at the back post. He re-directs it on goal but he can't get a clear contact and Cerny collects.

 
68’

Adam Barton meets a Callum Booth corner and tries to head into the far corner. Unfortunately, it curls a couple of feet wide.

 
65’

Graham Cummins is played through on goal by a great reverse ball. He shapes to shoot and lets fly but it's into the stands with Cummins unable to control the drive.

63’St Johnstone substitution: Graham Cummins replaces Blair Alston
61’Goal Thistle! Ryan Edwards
St Johnstone 0 - Thistle 2

Ryan Edwards is fed the ball and turns onto his right, 25 yards out. He looks for a pass but there are none available so he shoots and he picks out the top corner brilliantly.

 
59’

A quick turn of possession gets Erskine one-on-one with his man. He jinks onto his right and shoots but it's deflected wide for a corner.

 
58’

The Saints should be level.

Some smart play in the box leads to Wotherspoon playing a cross which finds Anderson. He just has to guide it into the corner but somehow heads wide.

58’St Johnstone substitution: Stefan Scougall replaces Liam Craig
 
57’

Jordan Turnbull steps out of defence and slots a ball into Kevin Nisbet's feet. The number 20 turns onto his right foot and tries to curl one home but it's wide of the mark.

 
55’

Erskine and Nisbet play a smart one-two and Nisbet has space to shoot, just inside the box. He tries to use the outside of his foot to curl it but it bends wide of the far post.

49’Goal Thistle! Steven Lawless
St Johnstone 0 - Thistle 1

Lawless sends Mannus the wrong way and Thistle have the lead.

49’Penalty Thistle

Kevin Nisbet is brought down by Steven Anderson.

 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)

St. Johnstone kick-off the second period here in Perth.

45’+02’Half Time Report

It's been a cagey first half here in Perth with neither team really creating much.

Kevin Nisbet's hold-up play has been excellent and helped his teammates get up the park. He himself has had a couple of chances neither of which have come to anything however as one cleared the bar and the other was blocked.

Jordan Turnbull has had a strong debut, dealing with the physicality of Steven McLean well. His defensive partner Daniel Devine was forced off with injury, though, after he came off second best from a challenge with David Wotherspoon.

Ryan Edwards energy has been very useful with the Australian offering support for Steven Lawless, Chris Erskine and Kevin Nisbet when needed.

Both teams need to sharpen their ball play and improve their movement off the ball if they want to grab that all-important opener.

 
45’+02’Half-Time
 
37’

O'Halloran picks up the ball on the edge of the box and touches it back to Wotherspoon. The Saints' number 10 shoots from range but sees his shot rise far over the goal.

 
35’

David Wotherspoon latches onto a clever throw-in and gets in behind his tracking man, Adam Barton. He then tries a shot but bends it wide of the far post.

28’Thistle substitution: Niall Keown replaces Daniel Devine
22’St Johnstone Booking - Michael O'Halloran

The number 11 is booked for a tug-back on a breaking Edwards.

 
21’

Kevin Nisbet reclaims possession excellently with a slide tackle and is then given the ball by Erskine. He creates space for a shot but his effort is straight at Mannus and the danger is cleared.

 
13’

Lawless feeds Ryan Edwards the ball 25 yards out and the Australian tries the shot. He hits it right-footed across goal but it's 5 yards wide in the end.

 
10’

A lofted Steven Lawless pass gets Kevin Nisbet on the ball. He nips past Steven Anderson but his shot is blocked by Shaughnessy.

 
07’

After a couple of seconds on the sideline, Devine is back on the pitch and ready to continue.

 
05’

Daniel Devine is down and in need of treatment after a clash with David Wotherspoon.

 
02’

Some good counter attacking play ends when Steven Lawless shoots from just inside the box. His shot is deflected wide for a corner.

 
00’Kick-Off

Abdul Osman leads the Jags out onto the pitch here at McDiarmid Park with Thistle wearing their black away kit.

Kevin Nisbet gets the game underway for the Maryhill men.

Match Reaction

St Johnstone v Partick Thistle – 8th August 2017

After Alan Archibald’s Partick Thistle progressed to the round of 16 in the Betfred Cup via one of the best runners-up places, they were drawn away to St. Johnstone. The fourth placed side from last season’s Premiership represented a very difficult midweek trip, especially considering the game was to be played in Perth. However, despite the tough draw, Thistle were up to the challenge. Second half goals from Steven Lawless, Ryan Edwards and Chris Erskine gave the Jags victory and progression to the quarter-finals. Thistle boss, Alan Archibald, spoke to ptfc.co.uk following the successful cup outing.

At the weekend, in the side’s Ladbrokes Premiership opener, Thistle slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Easter Road and Alan Archibald is happy to see his team bounce back so emphatically.

“We asked the players for a reaction and I think we got it tonight. It was a disappointing weekend for us but the lads are an honest bunch so we went through the footage on Sunday and identified some areas where we needed to improve. Thankfully, the players made the improvements we talked about.”

Archie was especially complimentary of Ryan Edwards who came into the team for the game, having missed Saturday’s clash through suspension, and played a vital role in midfield as well as grabbing the Jags’ second goal.

“I thought Ryan made a difference tonight with his energy in the middle of the park. He’s had an up and down pre-season, he’ll tell you that himself but I’m glad he got that great performance under his belt. As for the goal, it’s something he’ll try every so often. I think he hit the bar last season with a similar attempt but I’m pleased for him to have got the goal, especially in such style.”

The gaffer also wanted to stress just how important Ryan is to the team having missed him dearly on Saturday.

“Last season he was integral to the team’s success. I think he had the most combined minutes out of everyone in the squad so that tells you how valuable he is to the team. Last year he lacked a bit of quality with his final pass or shooting but I think that aspect of his game has been improving since January so hopefully we can start reaping the rewards of that more regularly. There’s definitely plenty still to come from Ryan.”

Alan was also pleased with the performance of Kevin Nisbet who started up front in place of the injured Kris Doolan.

“Kevin took a bit of stick at the weekend but he’s just a young lad and we have to remember that. Either way, I thought he answered his critics tonight. His work rate and energy was excellent against two experienced, strong centre-backs and he gave them a hard time for the full game.”

Archie now sees his side enter their second cup quarter-final in two seasons. Last campaign his side got to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup where they were put out by Aberdeen. Despite that defeat earlier this year, Archibald hopes his side learned from that experience.

“We hope the lads have taken something from that game as it was a big occasion for the club and the fans. It was a tough draw we got and hopefully we don’t get such a difficult one in this competition. Nevertheless, tonight we performed excellently and hopefully we can use this to help us improve our away showings going forward.”

The manager ended by giving an update on Daniel Devine’s condition. The defender was forced off the park in the first half due to an injury he picked up in a clash with David Wotherspoon.

“Hopefully, it’s just an impact injury. We thought he’d opened up his medial but since he was able to play for a bit after it, it seemed to be just a bang. We decided to take him off because you could see he was struggling and we had Niall Keown on the bench so there was no point in leaving him on in pain.”

Archie and his squad now look towards Friday night’s clash with Celtic in the Ladbrokes Premiership as the Jags attempt to gather their first points of the campaign. Kick-off for this all-ticket match at Firhill is 19:45.

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