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Partick Thistle v St Mirren – 23rd September 2014

After an obviously disappointing result on Friday night, Thistle have the opportunity to bounce back almost immediately with a League Cup tie against the same opponents. St Mirren once again make the short trip from Paisley to Firhill and Alan Archibald is looking to put right the mistakes from Friday night.
“It was obviously disappointing, especially seeing as we had the chance to go 10 points clear, that would have given us a really strong margin. To be fair, the lads did everything we asked of them in the first half and we should really have put the game to bed then. I think if we go two up in the first 45 minutes then the game is over but we didn’t take our chances and we were punished for it.”
It was definitely a game of two halves and, after a convincing first 45 which saw Thistle create a number of chances and dominate possession it was a nervous looking Jags side that came out for the second half.
“I think we just sat a bit deeper in the second half and that put us on the back foot. To be fair to St Mirren, they came out fighting in that second half and looked dangerous. It was obviously disappointing not to come away with the three points but we need to put that behind us now and concentrate on getting through to the next round of the cup.”
A number of the Thistle team have mentioned how important a cup run would be for the club and Archie is no different.
“A cup run can do wonders for morale in the camp. Everyone get behind it and it can really unite fans with the team. I remember going on one with Thistle and getting to the semi-finals, even though we were beaten by rangers it was a great experience and hopefully something we can recreate this season.
“In many ways it’s the perfect way to bounce back after Saturday. Playing the same team again, we are well aware of their threat and what they can bring. It’s an ideal way to put Friday behind us and move on in a positive way.”
Dan Seaborne was missing from the team that lost on Friday night but will face a late fitness test to make Tuesday night’s contest.
“We’re going to give Dan every chance as he’s a great asset to us when he plays but we’ll just have to wait and see. Other than that it’s just Sean Welsh and obviously Gary Fraser that we’re missing.”

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