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Match Reaction

Inverness CT v Partick Thistle – 20th October 2013

Not surprisingly it was a happy squad that headed down the A9 in the wake of the win over Inverness Caley on Sunday afternoon in front of the TV cameras.  The Jags became the first team not just to win there this season, but also the first team to score a goal.  Manager Alan Archibald admitted that there was an element of luck with the winning goal, but the effort and spirit of the side meant they perhaps deserved that slice of good fortune:
“I thought the application of the players was first class and we were very disciplined in all aspects of the game.  We scored a wonderful goal to open the scoring and then withstood a lot of pressure from them as they piled forward and playing long, high balls into the box but we stood firm and limited their chances to very few.  Admittedly we did get a slice of luck with the winning goal but over the course of the season nobody could deny we didn’t deserve that, we have not really had much of a rub of the green this season.”
There were many talking points in the game, none more so than what is being dubbed “cornergate”, and the gaffer’s take on it?
“I thought the assistant made the right decision because of one thing and that is when James Craigen, who was alert to the whole goings on, was ushered away by the assistant it meant that the ball was not deemed to be in play at that point so he was right to flag the goal off.  I can understand their disappointment at what happened but if everything had played out without incident then James would have at the very least booted the ball away and no goal would have resulted.”
So, that is now three wins on the road, and yet to record that elusive first home win, is there any reason known as to why that statistic is developing:
“I don’t really know to be honest.  It could be a number of things, such as the way teams play against us or it simply could be down to handling the pressure of playing at home a little differently than away from home.  Obviously I am very disappointed with the way things have gone at home in terms of results but not so with performances.  With the exception of the Aberdeen game I have been pleased with performances and hopefully today will help us move on and start getting positive results at home too.”

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