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Hamilton Accies v Partick Thistle – 16th March 2013

The First Division is unquestionably the most interesting of Scotland’s four divisions with plenty of issues at both ends of the table long from resolved as we move into the final, pivotal, quarter of the season.
That’s one of the reasons why the First Division is such an attractive league to watch. Said Alan Archibald when speaking to a short time ago.

“There is something at stake in every game and that’s the good thing about the First Division. We need to make sure that we approach every game with the right attitude and that’s something that we’ve been doing recently.”
Tomorrow’s game is one that he expects to be very difficult.
“It’s going to be a tough game there’s no doubt about that. They’ve already beaten us twice this season at New Douglas Park. They are a well organised side and they keep it tight while being very good on the break. I’ve seen the match they played against Falkirk in the Scottish Cup and they were unfortunate to lose that match; they were the better side. Additionally they’ve beaten Morton recently and while they still need points to get away from the bottom I feel that they are in a false position.”
Alan continued;
“Although they are at home for this one I expect it to be a similar game to recent match at Firhill. We will need to be patient and we will need to make sure that we match them all over the park.”
Alan is in the happy position of having virtually a full squad to select from.
“The only player that is missing is Paul Paton and we are hopeful that he will be okay for Tuesday’s game at Cowdenbeath. Chris Erskine is fine, he would probably have played at Raith Rovers had Tuesday’s game been on, and he comes back into the squad.”
The fixture pile-up is starting to cause Alan a little concern.
“We are fortunate that we have a young, fit squad but we face a touch schedule in April. It’s really unfortunate that we have a game midweek either side of the Ramsdens Cup Final. It’s almost as if we are being punished for reaching a cup final. We will just have to deal with the situation.”
Partick Thistle Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
4              1              0              11           2
Scorers Season 2012-2013
Steven Craig 13
Chris Erskine 13
Steven Lawless 12
Kris Doolan 9
Conrad Balatoni 4
Stuart Bannigan 4
Ross Forbes 4
Aaron Muirhead 3
Aaron Sinclair 2
Sean Welsh 2
Christie Elliott 1
Stephen O’Donnell 1
Own Goal 1
Last Game
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday March 9th2013
Partick Thistle 3, Dumbarton 0
Hamilton Academical Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
1              2              2              5              6
Scorers Season 2012-2013
Steven May 13
Ali Crawford 6
Jonathan Page 3
Jon Routledge 3
Grant Gillespie 2
James Keatings 2
Louis Longridge 2
Darian MacKinnon 2
Own Goal 2
Ziggy Gordon 1
Michael Devlin 1
Alex Neil 1
Andy Ryan 1
Last Game
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday March 9th2013
Cowdenbeath 1, Hamilton Accies 1
Last Meeting
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Tuesday February 19th2013
Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Accies 0
Thistle: Fox, O’Donnell, Sinclair, Paton, Muirhead, Balatoni, Welsh, Bannigan, Craig (Doolan), Lawless (Forbes), Erskine.
Hamilton: Cuthbert, Gordon (Crawford), Hendrie, Canning, Page, Routledge, Longridge (McShane), Gillespie, May, Neil (Fisher), MacKinnon.
Thistle: Muirhead (55)
Crowd: 2,046
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Match Details
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday March 16th2013
Hamilton Accies v Partick Thistle
Kick-off: 3pm
Adults £16
Concessions (over 65s and under 18s) £8
Photo ID is required for concession entry.
Disabled Supporters are £10 which includes a carer where necessary and these tickets should be booked in advance with Hamilton (we can accommodate 13+13).
Thistle fans will be housed in the Spice of Life North Stand (behind the goal, turnstiles 7-12)
Directions and Travel Information
Supporters Bus Information
Match Officials
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Assistant Referees: Tom Murphy and Rodney Marshall
Other First Division Fixtures
Cowdenbeath v Airdrie United
Dumbarton v Morton
Livingston v Falkirk
Raith Rovers v Dunfermline Athletic

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