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Motherwell v Partick Thistle – 23rd May 2015

As the end of the season approaches Alan Archibald spoke to about the final game against Motherwell.

“Everyone knows there aren’t places to play for this weekend but it gives us a chance to sign off in style and give our fans a bit back after a very poor performance against Kilmarnock. Fir Park is always a tough place to go but we’ll be going there with the same professional attitude that we have had all season. Nothing will change in terms of our preparation.

“These kinds of games are always tough to prepare for as you never know what team sides will go with. obviously Motherwell will have one eye on the play-off and that will be their priority i would imagine. we just need to prepare for the threats we know they carry and play to our strengths during the 90 minutes. We can only worry about ourselves and that’s where our focus will be.”

Reflecting on the season as a whole, Archie is satisfied with what he has seen from his side.

“We’ve had a very satisfying season and we’re delighted to have finished 8th. We have shown that we’ve learned from mistakes last season and grown together as a team. If we can keep that attitude going into next season we should be able to progress again.

“There has certainly been an element of frustration this season too though. If we hadn’t gone on the bad run we went on we might very well have been pushing top six too. There has definitely been consistency missing from our game and that is definitely something we will look to improve next time.”

For now though the target is Saturday and that is where the manager’s focus lies.

“We want to finish on a high and that is what Saturday is about. We can go out there and enjoy playing football, if we do that then we are more than capable of getting the result. We’ll need to remain focussed and keep our discipline but I expect our players to be fully committed and I hope that will bring the result come full time.”

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