Saturday 25th August, 2018 at 6:39pm
After claiming their first league win of the season two weeks ago, Partick Thistle looked to make it back-to-back Championship victories as they travelled to Tannadice today. Unfortunately for the Jags, it was not to be as Dundee United ran out 3-1 winners. The Tangerines went ahead through Paul Watson as he headed home a free kick early on and the ex-Falkirk defender got a second after the break, this time getting on the end of a corner. Craig Curran made it three late on before Chris Erskine pulled one back for the away side, though it was but a consolation. Thistle boss, Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk following the final whistle.
Archie began by explaining his disappointment with his side who lost the game’s first two goals to set plays.
“There wasn’t much in it. Neither team created an awful lot and in the end it’s the set pieces that kill us. We work on them a lot but you can’t tell when the same player gets two free headers in one match like that. We know teams in this league will use set pieces well and we need to be better at defending them.”
The gaffer was pleased with how his side came out for the second half but felt that the second goal really killed Thistle’s spirit.
“We had a good spell after half time where we looked like we were starting to control things. We had a couple of half chances and then Blair Spittal has a great headed chance which he should score. If that goes in then the game is completely different but instead, we switch off and give them the two-goal lead.”
Alan then touched on Tam O’Ware’s injury. The Jags’ number four was forced off the pitch very early in the game with an injury worry. He did manage to walk off the park but the manager knows losing Tam for any amount of time would be a blow.
“He went down with no one really near him and those are always the most worrying ones. He’s a tough lad and we know he wouldn’t go down like that unless there really was something wrong so we’ll get him assessed on Monday by which point the swelling will hopefully have gone down and then we can go from there.”
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