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Livingston v Partick Thistle – 15th September 2012

The four league games played thus far this season have produced four victories and a position at the top of the First Division. While everyone at the Club is greatly encouraged by the start that we have made to the season nobody is getting carried away by at; not least because three of those four games have been played at Firhill.
Tomorrow, however, we are on our travels as we make the trip through to Livingston. Livingston have been tipped by many as promotion challengers this season, but they made a rather slow start to the season. They were knocked out of the Ramsdens Cup at the First Round stage by Annan Athletic and failed to win any of their three opening league fixtures.
They did, however, record their first league win in their last outing when they defeated Falkirk 2-1 at the Falkirk Stadium.
The signs are then that their season is now off and running and they will be desperate to close the gap on ourselves all of which makes tomorrow’s fixture an extremely difficult one.
Said Thistle manager Jackie McNamara;
“I worked with John Hughes at Falkirk and I know that he likes his teams to get the ball down and pass it. It should, therefore, be a good game tomorrow. Livingston have some good players and had a good result in their last match against Falkirk and I expect that they will be challengers this season.”
Jackie continued;
“It’s been a hard ground for us before and I expect tomorrow’s game will be a really difficult one for us. As I said, Livingston had a good result against Falkirk but hopefully that’s not a sign of them running into some form. We are determined to get maximum points from this game and keep our a run going. A victory tomorrow would be a massive boost to us ahead of some really tough fixtures in the next few weeks.”
Jackie looks set to be without Kris Doolan for tomorrow’s game.
“Kris trained today but he was struggling a bit towards the end which tells us that he hasn’t properly recovered yet. It was probably nothing more than a bit of fatigue and I don’t think that he is too far away from being fit again. We don’t, however, want to risk aggravating the injury. It’s better than he is out for 1-2 weeks rather than 3-4.”
“Both Steven Craig and Steven Lawless pulled out of training on Thursday but they were back today and hopefully they should be okay.”
There was some good news about David Rowson as well.
“David trained again today and he will hopefully take part in Tuesday’s reserve game with Dumbarton and we will see how he is after that.”
Livingston meantime will be without the services of Paul Watson who was sent off in their 2-1 win over Falkirk in their last fixture.
Partick Thistle Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
4              0              1              11           1
Scorers Season 2012-2013
Chris Erskine 6
Kris Doolan 4
Steven Lawless 4
Steven Craig 3
Stuart Bannigan 2
Christie Elliott 1
Aaron Sinclair 1
Sean Welsh 1
Last Game
Ramsdens Cup Quarter-Final
Sunday September 9th 2012
Partick Thistle 3, Raith Rovers 0
Livingston Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
2              2              1              7              7
Scorers Season 2012-2013
Iain Russell 4
Marc McNulty 3
Jordan Morton 2
Anthony Andreu 1
Bobby Barr 1
Dylan Easton 1
Callum Fordyce 1
Stefan Scougall 1
Last Game
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Sunday September 2nd 2012
Falkirk 1, Livingston 2
Last Meeting
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday March 31st 2012
Partick Thistle 2, Livingston 3
Thistle: Scully, O’Donnell, Sinclair, Robertson (McGuigan), Paton, Archibald, Cairney, Rowson (Bannigan), Doolan, Welsh, Erskine.
Livingston: McNeil, McCann, Fordyce, Keaghan Jacobs, C Barr, Kyle Jacobs, B Barr (Sinclair), Boulding, McNulty, Scougall, Russell (Docherty).
Thistle: Cairney (7), Sinclair (54)
Livingston: Boulding (20, 47), Russell (50)
Crowd: 1,871
Match Highlights
Match Details
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday September 15th 2012
Livingston v Partick Thistle
Kick-off: 3:00pm
Adults £17
Concessions (over 65 and under 16) £7
Parent & Child £20
The Partick Thistle Supporters will be accommodated in the East Stand and entry is by turnstiles 8, 9 and 10.
Supporters using the concession turnstiles may be asked for photo ID to prove their eligibility.
Travel Information
Supporters Bus Information
There is limited car parking spaces at the Stadium, the cost per vehicle is £3.
Match officials
Referee: Craig Thomson
Assistant Referees: Alasdair Ross and Howard Wilkin
Other Fixtures
First Division
Cowdenbeath v Morton
Dumbarton v Dunfermline Athletic
Hamilton Accies v Falkirk
Raith Rovers v Airdrie United

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