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Hamilton Academical v Partick Thistle – 9th May 2015

Following a comprehensive victory over St Mirren, which secured safety for the Jag last Saturday, Alan Archibald was keen that his team not lose focus as he approaches his 100th game in charge of Thistle. He spoke to about the approaching milestone as well as the challenge Hamilton will bring.
“It was great to secure safety last week but our focus is now on keeping this run going and finishing as high up the table as possible. To be fair to Hamilton they’ve started to put a run together again and they seem to be back on form. we know it will be tough to go and get a victory there. If we want to stand a chance of securing seventh spot then this is where it starts and we really need to be looking to come back to Firhill with all three points.”
Saturday will mark Archie’s 100th game in charge of the football club but the Thistle gaffer isn’t one to dwell on landmarks.
“I hadn’t realised until someone told me in the week there. The hundred games have absolutely flown past but I have thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a great way to celebrate by getting safety last week. It has been everything I expected and a lot more, some of it good and some of it bad.
“Working with such a great group of players definitely makes a big difference and they have helped make it a an easy transition from player to manager. The target for me now is to build on what we already have. I’ve spent a long time at Thistle now and I want to see the club do as well as possible, hopefully I can go some way to helping achieve that.”
Finally, Alan Archibald gave us the all important team news.
“It’s much the same as last week. Higginbotham picked up a slight knock but he should be ok. The only ones that will definitely be missing are Dan Seaborne and Sean Welsh.”

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