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St Mirren v Partick Thistle – 25th January 2014

After a run of three successive home games, which brought a disappointing return of just two points, Thistle are on the road again tomorrow when they travel through to Paisley to play St Mirren. Our last visit there produced an excellent 2-1 win and manager Alan Archibald is hoping for a repeat of that tomorrow.
“That was probably our best performance of the season and the highlight of the season so far. We passed the ball really well that afternoon and the players showed great character to come from 1-0 down to win 2-1. We’re very much hoping for a repeat of that performance and result tomorrow. Our home form though is really putting pressure on our away form. I don’t know if that is because we are a little too open when we play at Firhill and we adopt a bit more of a siege approach when we play away. Away from home we’ve generally been very well organised and I hope the players approach the game with the right kind of mentality tomorrow.”
Alan continued;
“It’s very tight down near the bottom of the league and it is important that we try and keep it that way and that’s why three points tomorrow would be really important for us.”
Alan approaches tomorrow’s game with almost a full squad to select from with Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Stuart Bannigan back after missing Tuesday’s game through suspension.
“It will be great to have Aaron and Stuart back. I think we really missed Stuart against St Johnstone and I sometimes think that you don’t really notice a player until he isn’t there. We’re short of bodies in that area of the park with Sean Welsh and Isaac Osbourne injured and we missed Stuart’s energy and tenacity on Tuesday night. We missed Aaron too with Jordan McMillan, who I thought did well, having to occupying Aaron’s role when he isn’t left sided.”
Alan went on;
“Sean Welsh had an injection on Thursday and we’re told that he could be back in 3 weeks but we’ll need to wait and see what happens. If we get Isaac Osbourne back before the season’s end that would be a bonus but we’re taking it that he will be out for the rest of the season. Elsewhere Scott Fox trained today and he’s fine but Mark Kerr has picked up a knock and won’t be part of the squad tomorrow.”
Partick Thistle Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
1              2              2              6              6
Scorers Season 2013-2014
Kris Doolan 7
Steven Lawless 5
Aaron Muirhead 4
Lyle Taylor 3
Christie Elliott 2
Kallum Higginbotham 2
Conrad Balatoni 1
Ross Forbes 1
Stephen O’Donnell 1
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair 1
Last Game
Scottish Premiership
Tuesday January 21st 2014
Partick Thistle 0, St Johnstone 1
St Mirren Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
1              1              3              5              11
Scorers Season 2013-2014
Stephen Thompson 9
Paul McGowan 3
Kenny McLean 3
Adam Campbell 2
John McGinn 2
Gary Harkins 1
Jason Naismith 1
Connor Newton 1
Own Goal 1
Last Game
Scottish Premiership
Saturday January 18th 2014
Hibs 2, St Mirren 3
Last Meeting
Scottish Premiership
Saturday November 9th 2013
Partick Thistle 0, St Mirren 3
Thistle: Fox, O’Donnell, Taylor-Sinclair, Balatoni, Craigen, Bannigan (Muirhead), Doolan, Lawless (Forbes), Piccolo (Elliott), Osbourne, Higginbotham.
St Mirren: Kello, Naismith (Van Zanten), McAusland, Newton, Kelly, Goodwin (Harkins), McGregor, McGinn, Thompson, McGowan (Grainger), McLean.
St Mirren: Thompson (16 & 90), Newton (72)
Crowd: 4,946
Match Details
Scottish Premiership
Saturday January 25th 2014
St Mirren v Partick Thistle
Kick-off: 3:00pm
Admission Details
Match Officials
Referee: John Beaton
Assistant Referees: Charlie Smith and Brian McGarry
Fourth Official: Des Roache
Other Premiership Fixtures
Dundee United v St Johnstone (Monday)
Hibernian v Celtic (Sunday)
Kilmarnock v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Motherwell v Aberdeen
RossCounty v Hearts

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