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Assistant Manager’s Preview: Alan Archibald – 12th March 2022

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Ian McCall’s Partick Thistle go in search of a third successive victory this weekend as they take on Greenock Morton in the cinch Championship. The Ton remain the only team to have beaten Thistle in the league in 2022 having come to Firhill and won 1-0 last month so the Maryhill men will be looking for some retribution in Inverclyde. Jags assistant manager Alan Archibald spoke to ahead of the fixture:

“It’s vitally important for us to keep this run going. Getting those two wins against Inverness and Queen of the South gives us a springboard to go and hopefully start a run because that’s what we need to be doing at this stage of the season.

“We know how difficult it will be though. It’s easy to talk about going on a run but it’s another thing to go and do it. Morton are a good side who beat us last time we played them so they’ll feel they can go and do the same again – it’s up to us to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Looking back in more detail at the previous defeat to Dougie Imrie’s side, Archie felt the team didn’t do much wrong and that the key moments went against the Jags.

“In terms of the performance, we thought we were actually pretty decent that night. We managed to create some good chances and then we get the penalty which changes the game. If we’d scored I think we’re pretty confident we’d have been able to win it from there but it gets saved and that seemed to give them a bit of a boost.

“The other key moment is obviously the goal. It’s a very simple one and I thought we were a bit too deep at the time and that allows them to win the first header closer to our goal. I think it ended up being one of two shots on target they had and their only real chance of the game which was the frustrating part for us but it just goes to show that you have to take your chances in this league.”

Now looking ahead to another meeting with the Cappielow side, Alan expects a similar game to the one the Jags experienced against Morton at Firhill.

“I think we’ll see the same approach from them in terms of making it difficult to break them down and using their set pieces and throw-ins to cause us problems. They’ll get in our faces and try to make sure we don’t get any time on the ball so we’ll need to be sharp to work a way past them.

“They lost 3-0 to Queen of the South at the weekend and will be desperate for a reaction this week. They’ve done well to put some space between themselves and the bottom so they won’t want to start slipping back down. The points are every bit as important for us though and we’ll be giving everything to get them.”

Archibald ended by giving us the latest team news as we prepare to head towards Greenock.

“Scott Tiffoney will still be out and Kyle McAllister had a problem in the warm-up on Tuesday which means he’s a doubt. Apart from that we’ve got a few guys with little knocks and bumps but they should be able to play through them.”

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