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Dunfermline Athletic v Partick Thistle – 26th February 2019

After the disappointment if Saturday’s 4-2 defeat by Ross County, Partick Thistle were looking to bounce back with victory in Fife this evening, however, the Jags failed to do so as they were served a 3-0 loss by Dunfermline.

Like against County three days prior, the Maryhill men lost as a consequence of a poor second half performance with the hosts netting all of their goals in the second half following a goalless first 45 minutes. Goals from Bruce Anderson on either side of a Danny Devine header saw the Pars to victory on what was a dreadful night for Thistle. Jags boss, Gary Caldwell, spoke to following the final whistle.

“It’s obviously a difficult result to take because we came here looking to win. There was nothing in the first half, it was poor quality wise from both teams but then we shoot ourselves in the foot at the start of the second half once again.

“Conceding so quickly gives us a mountain to climb and we then have to come out and push which leads to them getting a second and a third as we become more susceptible to counters. Overall, it’s another poor result which we have to bounce back from.”

Gary talked us through the change of shape he implemented in the second half as his side went from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield.

“We felt we needed to change the shape as we chased the game. The 3-5-2 didn’t work the way we wanted it to in the first half because we weren’t using the spare man at the back to bring the ball out and feed those in front of him.

“We went to the diamond with the two strikers Lewis Mansell and Souleymane Coulibaly to give us something different and I thought they did extremely well but even still, we didn’t do enough in attack and Dunfermline deserved to win.”

Caldwell finished by discussing some of the big problems with his side’s performance.

“A lot of the little things weren’t there. The simple passing, the desire to get to second balls; things we’ve improved on recently.

“They looked like they wanted it more and they were running more which was frustrating. As I’ve said I don’t think there was much between the teams first half and even in the second but we’re giving teams easy goals and that’s cost us in the last two games.”

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