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Hamilton v Partick Thistle – 24th October 2017

Following Partick Thistle’s first league win of the season against Dundee on Saturday, the Maryhill side looked to make it two victories on the bounce as they travelled to the SuperSeal Stadium this evening to take on Hamilton Academical. It was not to be, though, as the Jags battled their way to a 0-0 draw in South Lanarkshire. Kris Doolan and Miles Storey both struck the woodwork but the visiting Thistle side ultimately failed to make a breakthrough. They did, however, keep their first league clean sheet of the season as they shut out the hosts. Jags boss, Alan Archibald, spoke to following the full-time whistle.

To begin, Archie gave us his summation of the match at the SuperSeal Stadium as his side were lifted off the bottom of the table.

“It was frantic at times but it was also certainly not a classic. I think the conditions and the pitch limited the football that we could play but I thought that we edged it in chances. We had a couple of really good opportunities that we might have scored from on another night. We had a couple of penalty claims too, one of which I felt was a stone wall penalty.”

The gaffer saw plenty of improvement in his side in both the defence and the midfield, where they have struggled recently.

“We were much better defensively, more organised. We were less open, allowing them less space and that kept them at bay for long periods. They had one chance near the end when they really opened us up but that was a fairly isolated occurrence. Overall, I think we looked much better and performance-wise we were better tonight than we were Saturday, so plenty of positives.”

Alan also spoke about his side getting off the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership standings having been rooted to the foot of the table for a number of weeks.

“It’s good to get off the bottom for now at least. It can have an effect psychologically on the players so it is nice to get rid of that. No one likes looking at the table and seeing us at the very bottom but it’s now up to us to keep picking up points and staying off 12th. We’ve now played everyone once and we’ll do another cycle of fixtures before the winter break so it’s up to us to keep improving and getting more points to allow us to climb the table.”

It’s another quick turnover for Alan Archibald’s squad as they now look towards the weekend’s meeting with St. Johnstone. Kick-off is 15:00 on Saturday from the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.

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