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Match Reaction

Dunfermline Athletic v Partick Thistle – 28th September 2018

It was another disappointing away trip for Partick Thistle as the Jags were hit with a 1-0 defeat this evening at East End Park. Following a flat first half, Aidan Connolly broke the deadlock for the Pars with just over 20 minutes to play. The visitors pushed for a winner with Andrea Mutombo seeing one effort saved and one cleared off the line, however, the equaliser didn’t come and the Maryhill men were left travelling home after a loss once again. Thistle boss, Alan Archibald spoke to following the final whistle.

Archie started by reflecting on what were a strange 90 minutes with what was a rather drab encounter bursting into life in the final 20 minutes.

“I thought before the goal, it was very even. Neither team really created much and, to be honest, we should have been ahead after Blair Spittal chance in the first half. Despite that, we concede another goal we gift to our opponents and then they had five or ten minutes where you could see their confidence was high. We could have got an equaliser at the end but they defended well and earned their points.”

The gaffer looked and the goal and expanded on how infuriating it was to see another individual error cost his side.

“We’ve analysed our away games to death and when you look at the goals, it’s not as if we’re being carved open. After the goal, we lost our way a bit and could have conceded again but the actual chance that makes a difference comes from our mistake and it’s one moment like that which can decide a game.”

Alan then looked ahead to two crucial home games against Ross County next weekend and then Dundee United the following Saturday.

“Those were both going to be massive games no matter what. They’re two of the best teams in this league and if we want to be anywhere near the top of the table then we have to take points from them, especially at home. Obviously, our home form has been good but we can’t just expect to win. We’ll have to work very hard to get the three points in those two matches.”

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