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Queen’s Park v Partick Thistle – 14th August 2012

It’s back to cup football this evening with an all too rare visit to Hampden Park, albeit for a Ramsdens Cup tie with Queen’s Park as opposed to the Scottish Cup Final that we all dream about.
Tonight’s Glasgow derby is a clash between two sides that have made a positive start to the new season both having won each of their first three games. The Third Division side opened the season with a win on penalties against Berwick Rangers, defeated Airdrie United in a game played at Firhill and at the weekend opened their league season with a 2-0 win at East Stirling.
One of those 100% records will have gone by full-time this evening and Thistle manager Jackie McNamara is determined that it won’t his side’s.

“Queen’s Park had a good win at the weekend and they have been doing well so far this season. Tonight’s game is a local derby and they are sure to be right up for it. We’ll need to make sure that we match them in that respect. It’s a big pitch at Hampden which should suit us and hopefully we can keep the momentum going that our good start to the season has given us. Confidence and belief come from winning and we are keen to record our fourth straight win tonight.”
Given the amount of football that is played at this stage of the season it isn’t perhaps any great surprise to discover that Jackie intends to make a few changes for tonight’s game.
“It won’t in any shape or form be a weakened side that we will play at Hampden but we will take the opportunity to change a few things about and rest some players. We’ve some players that could do with a game and Conrad Balatoni is back in the squad after having missed the last couple of games through suspension.”
“It’s pleasing to be in the position of being able to make changes to the squad without weakening the side. It will be interesting to see how those that come in perform.”
Partick Thistle Stats
Season 2012-2013 So Far
W            D             L              F              A
3              0              0              6              1
Scorers Season 2012-2013
Kris Doolan 3
Steven Lawless 2
Chris Erskine 1
Last Game
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday August 11th 2012
Partick Thistle 3, Falkirk 1
Queen’s Park Stats
Season 2012-2013 So Far
W            D             L              F              A
3              0              0              7              4
Scorers Season 2012-2013
Lawrence Shankland 3
James Brough 2
Tony Quinn 2
Last Game
Irn-Bru Scottish League Third Division
Saturday August 11th 2012
East Stirling 0, Queen’s Park 2
Last Meeting
Challenge Cup First Round
Saturday July 26th 2008
Partick Thistle 2, Queen’s Park 1
Thistle: Tuffey, Paton, Twaddle, Storey, Robertson, Maxwell, Chaplain (McStay), Rowson, Gray (McKinlay), Roberts (Donnelly), Harkins.
Queen’s Park: Cowie, Ure, Douglas, Sinclair, Brough, Neil, Henry (Dunn), Harkins (Quinn), Coakley, Dunlop (Boslem), Holms.
Thistle: Gray (9), Roberts (10)
Queen’s Park: Henry (17)
Crowd: 1,386

Match Information
Ramsdens Cup Second Round
Tuesday August 14th 2012
Queen’s Park v Partick Thistle
Kick-off: 7:30pm
Adults £12
Concessions £2
Travel Information
Match Officials
Referee: Stevie O’Reilly
Assistant Referees: Tom Murphy and Alistair Kerr
Other Fixtures
Ramsdens Cup Second Round
Annan Athletic v Stenhousemuir
Morton v Queen of the South
Raith Rovers v Montrose
Arbroath v Forfar Athletic
East Stirling v Airdrie United

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