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St Mirren v Partick Thistle – 31st August 2013

Thistle tomorrow will make their first trip to Paisley for a competitive first team fixture against St Mirren since January 1st 2005.
It’s a fixture that is being keenly anticipated by fans and manager alike; Alan Archibald commenting to [link:HOME] this afternoon;
“There’s a lot of interest in the fixture especially with St Mirren’s current poor form. That poor form will make them a very dangerous opponent tomorrow. When a team is on a poor run you know that that bad run will end at some point; you just hope that it doesn’t end when you play against them.”
Alan continued;
“By all accounts St Mirren started well last weekend against Ross County and they will be looking to do the same tomorrow. We didn’t start well at all against Motherwell last Saturday and that is something that we have spoken to the players about. You simply don’t get away with starting like that at this level; last season we perhaps could have got away with starting poorly but not this season. The margins between success and failure are just so fine you can’t afford not to start well and the first goal is vitally important.”
Going in tomorrow’s game the manager doesn’t have too many fresh injury worries to deal with as Alan explained;
“Sean Welsh still has his haematoma and he will miss but with the international break he’ll have a bit more time to get fit and hopefully he should be available for the Aberdeen game. Jordan Mcmillan meantime has trained each of the last two games and it is now a case of him building up his fitness having missed much of pre-season training. That’s the good thing about the break that is coming up; it gives players a bit of time to recover from knocks.”
Alan continued;
“The only other injury worry that we have is Aaron Taylor-Sinclair who is struggling with a calf injury.”
With the transfer window closing tomorrow the search for new players continues but it is proving to be a frustrating experience. Said Alan;
“We still trying to bring someone in but it is very frustrating. We thought that we had someone but that deal has fallen through. Part of the problem we are facing is the different date that the transfer window closes in Scotland and England. This year the SFA have changed things and the window closes earlier here in Scotland than it does in England. Players in England are holding on until they see what happens at their own clubs and if they hold on until Monday, when they window closes in England, we aren’t then in a position to sign them.”
Partick Thistle Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
3              1              1              9              5
Scorers Season 2013-2014
Steven Lawless 3
Aaron Muirhead 2
Conrad Balatoni 1
Kris Doolan 1
Christie Elliott 1
Stephen O’Donnell 1
Last Game
League Cup Second Round
Tuesday August 27th 2013
Partick Thistle 3, Cowdenbeath 1
St Mirren Stats
Current Form – Last Four Games
W            D             L              F              A
0              1              3              2              9
Scorers Season 2013-2014
Gary Harkins 1
Steven Thompson 1
Last Game
League Cup Second Round
Tuesday August 27th 2013
Queen of the South 2, St Mirren 1
Last Meeting
First Division
Saturday March 19th 2005
Partick Thistle 0, St Mirren 0
Thistle: Arthur, Snowdon, Milne, Dowie, Murray, Brady, Mitchell (One), A Ross, Escalas (J Gibson), McConalogue (Hinds), Fleming.
St Mirren: Hinchcliffe, Reid, Broadfoot, Millen, McGowne, Reilly, Murray, Lappin, Russell (O’Neill), McGinty, Ellis (Baird).
Match Details
Scottish Premiership
Saturday August 31st 2013
St Mirren v Partick Thistle
Kick-off: 3:00pm
Adult £20
Concessions  £10 (over 65, full time student, U18, unemployed)
12 and under £5
Ambulant/wheelchair £10 – includes carer.
This match is ALL TICKET for Thistle fans.
Ticket Details
Directions to St Mirren Park
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Dundee United v Celtic
Hibernian v Ross County
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Hearts
Motherwell v Kilmarnock
Match Officials
Referee: William Collum
Assistant Referees: George Drummond and Ross Haswell
Fourth Official: George Salmond

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