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Match Reaction

Greenock Morton v Partick Thistle – 3rd November 2018

It was another away defeat in the league for Partick Thistle this afternoon as the Jags slumped to a 5-1 loss against Greenock Morton at Cappielow. Thistle started strongly and took the lead on 16 minutes through Brice Ntambwe’s first goal in red and yellow, however, they found themselves behind at the interval following goals from Gary Oliver and Bob McHugh. In the opening 45, the Maryhill men had a decent number of chances and would have felt a bit unlucky to be behind at the break but they could have no complaints about what happened in the second period. Jack Iredale, Bob McHugh and Michael Tidser added a goal each to the hosts lead seeing the Ton through to a resounding victory. Jags boss, Gary Caldwell spoke to after the final whistle and began with a message for the travelling Thistle support:

“I have to apologise to every fan that made the trip today in horrible weather. They came in great numbers and in great voice but I can only apologise for the performance we produced.”

Caldwell then moved on to discuss the game and began by reflecting on the game as a whole.

“The boys started brightly and took what was a deserved lead at the time but then we let the game get away from us.

“We didn’t pass the ball well enough after the goal and didn’t show any authority which let them back into the game. We let them back into it with poor defending and that just carried over into the second half.”

The gaffer knows there’s a lot of work for him to do but he also expects more from the players who are picked to go out and play.

“I know it’s up to me to fix this and I will. I’m determined to get this club back to where it has the potential to be but every week I’m seeing certain players who I don’t think have what it takes to be part of the team I want to build.

“I went into the dressing room and said to the guys that we’ve lost three games in three weeks not because the opposition have had a better team than us but because they’ve wanted it more and that should be the most hurtful thing any player can hear.

“It’s up to me to improve that but the players who are here now need to realise that if I don’t see any change soon, then there will be personnell changes in January.”

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