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Match Reaction

Hamilton Academical v Partick Thistle – 9th May 2015

Having seen his team lose a goal in the 85th minute of the match against Hamilton Accies, it was an understandably downbeat Alan Archibald who spoke to after today’s game.

“I don’t think it was a game of great quality if I’m honest. There were two pretty serious looking injuries in the first half and that broke up play and meant things never really got going. It was quite a stop start match overall and as soon as the pitch began to dry our it was hard to get the ball down and play.

“A lot of people complain about the surface, and it is difficult to tell if that had an impact on the injuries. We train on astro a lot and we don’t have any complaints when it is kept wet. The sun was out today though and as soon as it dries out I think it has an impact on play and makes it difficult for teams to knock the ball around.”

One of the two injuries to which Archie referred was Thistle forward, Ryan Stevenson.

“His studs got caught in the turf and his knee locked. We hope it isn’t as bad as it looked at first but we’ll need to wait and see. The medical team will monitor him over the weekend and take a proper look at him on Monday but hopefully he’ll be fine.”

It was Alan Archibald’s 100th game and he would have loved to mark it with a win but the performance from his team was something he could take satisfaction in.

“I think our defence, and all the team really, played well throughout. We were obviously disappointed to lose a goal from a set piece – especially considering how many clean sheets we’ve kept recently. I suppose a 1-0 victory would have been great to celebrate my 100th game but we really wanted the three points to put pressure on Hamilton.

“We’ll keep pushing all the way and make sure they need to win their games to keep a hold of seventh spot. The important thing is that we’ve shown real progression and growth from last season and we’ll be looking to carry that into next season.”


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