Saturday 22nd March, 2014 at 2:47pm
It was a long journey north for the 398 travelling Thistle fans and, unfortunately, it would be an even longer trip home after the team from Maryhill went down to a 1-0 defeat at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.
Although disappointed in his side’s second half performance there were positives that manager, Alan Archibald, could take – particularly from the first half.
He said: “I thought we caused them a lot of problems, particularly in the first half but for some reason in the second half we stopped doing what we had been doing to hurt them. They upped their game in the second half and we expected that because you know what you’re going to get with John (Hughes).
“It was a strange second half to be honest and it was very disappointing not to have capitalised on the chances we had in the first.”
Inverness keeper, Dean Brill, had a couple of exceptional saves and Archibald felt these kept Inverness in the game before the break: “Taylor made their keeper work hard a couple of times in the first half and the back four handled the conditions very well. To be fair, our defence did very well in the first half too, which made it even more disappointing that we let them in at a set piece.
“I think we always looked a threat right the way through the 90 minutes but it just didn’t fall to us on the day and it’s a hard result to take, particularly after the first half performance. We worked very hard all day and that made coming away from the ground with no points all the more frustrating, especially considering results involving the teams around us. It’s funny, when the teams around you win you should be coming away feeling really happy but we just felt it was a massive missed opportunity.”
Saturday’s result brings to an end an unbeaten run for the Jags in the Highlands and that meant the team travelled with confidence: “We knew Inverness would be a bit tentative considering they had gone so long without a home win – we certainly know that feeling. We were delighted with the way we started and definitely felt we could get something, but you can’t play that well in the first half then not keep it going in the second and hope to come out on top.”
The team won’t have long to lick their wounds though with Celtic coming to Firhill on Wednesday – details of how to get your tickets for that game can be found here.