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Match Reaction

Celtic v Partick Thistle – 2nd January 2016

Alan Archibald was clearly gutted after his side conceded a lastminute goal that robbed them of a well-deserved point away to Celtic. Though extremely difficult for anyone of a red and yellow persuasion to take, Archibald was quick to sing the praises of his side who battled well all afternoon.

“We’re all absolutely gutted. I think we put a huge amount intothe game today and definitely deserved to take something from it. Our shape was excellent, particularly in the first half, and up until they scored we were right in the game.

“I think when they had a man sent off it upset our rhythm a bit. Up until that point we were dealing with them well and that just seemed to change the game a little bit. We weren’t camped in and were making plenty of forays into their half. After Bitton was sent off we opened the game up a bit and they were able to get in behind.

“We should have done better with the goal and that is reallydisappointing as we had a great chance today. The boys are really hurting but we need to concentrate on the positives.”

The bitterly disappointing result brings to an end an unbeaten run of six games but the Thistle gaffer knows there is plenty to take from recent results and is certain that his side will bounce back in the next run of games.

“We spoke about the positives with the players after full time today and we need to make sure we take that into the upcoming games against St Mirren and Dundee. We’ve been on a great run and there is a really good team ethic about the place at the moment. We can’t let one defeat spoil that and we’ll be doing everything we can to pick the lads up and get back to winning ways in the Scottish Cup on Friday.”

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