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Match Reaction

Hearts v Partick Thistle – 17th December 2016

Most Thistle fans would probably have taken a point if it had been offered ahead of the team’s trip to Tynecastle on Saturday afternoon. However, following an excellent second half performance, Alan Archibald was rightly disappointed that his side hadn’t taken all three points.

Speaking to the Jags boss said:

“The first and second half performances were night and day. I don’t think we really found our rhythm in the first half but we changed our shape a wee bit at half time and the second half was much, much better.

“I thought we dominated the second half and, but for a bit of poor finishing on our part and a couple of world class saves from their keeper, we would have come away with the win. I thought we deserved the win on our second half performance. We had a header and a couple of relly good chances so we’re a bit disappointed not to have converted any of them.”

A lot was said about the Tynecastle atmosphere in the build up to the match but it was the team in red and yellow that seemed to benefit most.

“We managed to turn the crowd against them which was a massive help to us as it’s easy to get caught up in the atmosphere. The important thing for us is that we go and build on the positives. What we do between now and the New Year will determine whether that feels like a good point or two points dropped.

“Credit to Hearts, they were good in the first half but at the moment it does feel like two points dropped – just because of the number and quality of chances we had. We just need to work hard to make sure we’re looking back on it as an important point rather than a missed opportunity.

“We’ve got Celtic on Tuesday night which will take care of itself but we then have two massive fixtures that could have a huge impact on how our season looks going into the winter break. There were a lot of positives to take from today but we still need to get that complete performance at the front and the back.”

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