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Assistant Manager’s Reaction: Neil Scally – 4th December 2021

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The points were shared at Palmerston Park this afternoon as Queen of the South and Partick Thistle battled to a goalless draw in Dumfries. It was a game that both sides could have won with chances at both ends but it wasn’t to be as the Jags’ unbeaten run extended to nine games and their streak of clean sheets reached eight; a new club record. Thistle assistant manager Neil Scally spoke to after the final whistle:

“I think as we went back into the dressing room at the end there, we felt disappointed because we had chances in that second half. It was a difficult game and it took us a while to get going but eventually we were putting them under pressure and we maybe could have won it.

“There were three or four good openings for us in that second half and although you can’t expect to take them all, we thought we maybe should have got at least one.”

Despite feeling like they could have beat the Doonhamers, Scally recognises that there will probably be a similar feeling in the home dressing room.

“They had a couple of big chances towards the end of the first half and we were maybe a bit lucky not to be behind. From our point of view, we were struggling to create early on and Zak had one moment where the ‘keeper makes a good save but we still thought we should have been doing more based on the amount of times we were getting into good positions.

“With their chances, we really needed Jamie Sneddon. He made a great save earlier on but the one just before half-time was incredible. It came at a key time as well because if they get a goal going into the break then it changes the game completely.”

Partially thanks to Jamie’s heroics, the Maryhill men secured a history-making shutout and Neil says the run is a result of a lot of hard work from the players.

“The boys have been absolutely fantastic and they deserve the records they’ve been breaking. At the start of the season we were throwing away games with sloppy goals but the team have worked really hard to become more organised and more composed and you’re seeing the fruits of that work on the pitch at the moment.

“What these clean sheets mean is that when we have a day where we just can’t find that goal like today, we still come away with a point. We know that it won’t last forever but we’re delighted with how things are going at the moment.”

On a cold, windy afternoon in Dumfries it was the travelling Thistle support who were making most of the noise and Scally gave a special mention to those who turned out in the away end.

“The fans were absolutely fantastic today as they have been for a while now, especially on the road. We really appreciated the backing they gave us and just wish we could have got them the win they deserved.”

Now the team look ahead to two big homes games over the next two weekends with Arbroath and Raith Rovers visiting Firhill.

“We have to take it one game at a time. We know we’ve got some very important games coming up but you can’t get too far ahead of yourself. It’s Arbroath next and we know how good they are from our previous game against them so we’ll be looking to get a better result this time round at home and hopefully there’s a good atmosphere at Firhill like there was at Palmerston today.”

Further reaction from Thistle assistant manager Neil Scally and Tunji Akinola will be available for JagZone subscribers to watch tonight – log in to view.

We’ll also have extended highlights and a full game replay of today’s match on JagZone tonight.

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