Thursday 2nd February, 2017 at 6:53pm
Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of his team’s journey to Aberdeen to face the in form Dons on Saturday. Although keen to look forward not back, he did allow a moment of reflection on Wednesday night’s disappointing loss at home to St Johnstone.
Archibald said: “I thought we were decent in the first half we moved the ball quickly and did things fast but we just couldn’t get that goal and, in the end it was an error that cost us. The biggest disappointment was the second half where we didn’t really turn up – that was the biggest negative.”
Despite a run of tough games the Thistle gaffer is confident that his side have what it takes to keep a relatively good run of results going.
“We can’t get away from a tough run but we need to be positive and go into these games believing we can win. We’ve had a good couple of months and we just need to keep that going. There is still plenty to play for this season and we can’t lose track of that as we progress.”
Jason Banton joined the squad as Thistle’s only deadline day signing and Archibald knows exactly what he is getting in the 24 year old winger.
“Jason brings a bit of flair and creativity. It wasn’t an area we were actually looking to strengthen but with Declan McDaid leaving we just didn’t want to leave ourselves short. It will take him a wee bit of time to get up to fitness and full pace but we’re hoping he will bring a bit of competition in those attacking areas.”
Although Wednesday night’s game saw Thistle drop out of the top six, Archie knows the table remains incredibly tight.
“I don’t think you can read too much into it just now as you’re only one victory away from getting into the top six and one defeat from dropping back out of it again. I’m pretty sure it will stay that way right until the end of the season so we just need to keep pushing ourselves in every game in order to achieve our goals.”
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