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Aberdeen v Partick Thistle – 30th August 2014

Ahead of Thistle’s clash against Aberdeen tomorrow manager, Alan Archibald, gave the latest news on how things are going in the Firhill camp.
Alan said: “Foxy is back available for the game but I haven’t really thought too much about who I’m going to play. As I’ve said before, I don’t concern myself because I have two very good goalkeepers, it’s a great problem to have but it’s going to be a tough decision. Both of them have showed in the past few weeks how important and valuable they are to the squad.
“The quality Aberdeen have, probably makes them the second strongest squad in the league after Celtic, they have quality in areas all over the pitch. They’re rightly up there with Dundee United as favourites to finish second.
“They had an outstanding season last time round which was great for them but it does mean they’ve become a scalp, they were for us last year and they will be for others this time round. Having said that, they were back in training very early for the Europa league so it will have been difficult for them to adjust. If we play the way we know we can there is no reason why we can’t go up there and get a result.
“We definitely have lessons to learn from last week’s game against Hamilton. We did create chances but didn’t capitalise on them, that, combined with giving away poor goals was what led to us losing all three points when we really should have had the game put to bed.
“We started to put that result behind us with the win against Morton on Tuesday. That was a hard game against a good team and we did well to see it out at 1-0. Now we just need to kick on and play to our potential on Saturday. We showed great character against County and Dundee so we just need to remember that and learn our lessons.
“Our first home win last season came against Aberdeen so we know we can do it and the players take great heart from that. We’re all looking forward to Saturday and hopefully we can come back down the road with all three points.”
New signing Jake Carroll could feature for the Jags on Saturday but there remain question marks over Dan Seaborne and Jordan McMillan, both with hamstring problems as well as Gary Fraser and Abdul Osman who both picked up knocks.

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