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Motherwell v Partick Thistle – 24th August 2013

It’s matchday 4 and Thistle are looking to maintain their unbeaten record in the top flight but face a difficult trip to take on Motherwell at Fir Park tomorrow.  Motherwell have consistently featured at the top end of the table in recent season and although have endured a large change in personnel over these same years, they still find a way to perform and that is something that Alan Archibald is impressed with:
“I do like their style of play and have been impressed with them this year even though they have only won one game.  I am expecting it to be a match between two sides who play good football and I think that the supporters of both sides are going to enjoy this one.”
So what is the team news ahead of the game?
“We are reasonably well placed with Jordan McMillan making progress but not yet ready to return while Sean Welsh’s dead leg that he picked up against Hearts will keep him out of this one and we will see where we stand with him on Tuesday.  Other than that I have a full squad to choose from and although I have to make an enforced change with Sean out, I would like to keep as much continuity as possible.  However I do have options and I will consider all aspects before team selection is made overnight.”
The Jags have won widespread praise for the level of football played this year and the gaffer admitted that he was delighted to hear the positive comments coming the team’s way but is not that surprised about their level of performance:
“It doesn’t come as any shock to me how they are playing.  The one thing was at the forefront of my mind was whether they had the confidence to play the way they are playing, I never doubted their ability.  They have shown that they have the mettle to compete at this level and it is vital that they do their best to maintain that level.  I believe that they can do, I am wise enough to know that there will be setbacks along the way but hopefully they will continue to entertain the way they have been up to now.”

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