Saturday 4th April, 2015 at 10:26am
After watching a terrific grafting performance from his team, Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk and it was clear how proud he was of his players.
“I thought we worked hard all over the pitch today and showed our quality at times as well. We created a few really good chances and took the game to them at times. A draw was probably just about a fair result but we certainly showed we can hurt them today.
“We played really well as a unit and all the lads worked hard for each other, when we do that we are a hard team to beat. It gives us great confidence going into Wednesday night’s game against Celtic and a real belief that we can go there and take something.”
Consistency, or lack there of, has been a buzz word at Firhill this season but Archie believes he is starting to see a more resolute side to his squad.
“That’s our third clean sheet on the bounce and we’re starting to see a bit of consistency from the lads. A lot of it comes from hard work and we need to keep going and get as many points on the board as we can.
“We know we aren’t safe yet but, at the same time, we are now only three points off Kilmarnock so we have a target above us too. We just have to concentrate on our own game and get as many results as we can between now and the end of the season.”
Lyle Taylor, a first half replacement for Kris Doolan who was struggling with a hamstring injury, twice went through on goal and, after seeing his first effort saved by Jamie Langfield, saw a dinked shot bounce just wide of the post. Archibald wasn’t too hard on his striker though.
“I think I would normally expect to see the net bulge when Lyle has chances like that but it obviously wasn’t his day today. To be fair to the lad, he only got back from the Caribbean on Thursday and he’s had something like 12 flights in that time. It would have been tremendous to take all three points but, as I say, a draw is probably about right.”