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Inverness CT v Partick Thistle – 2nd February 2019

For the first time since May of last year, Partick Thistle won a league game away from home this afternoon as they beat Inverness 2-1 in the Highlands. The Maryhill men scored twice in quick succession during the first half with debutant, Steven Anderson opening the scoring before Aidan Fitzpatrick doubled the visitors’ lead.

Thistle let their clean sheet slip in the 77th minute as Darren McCauley pulled one back for the Caley Jags but the hosts were unable to find a second, meaning the away side left with all three points. Jags boss, Gary Caldwell spoke to after the end of the match:

“We’re very pleased with the result of course; Inverness is always a difficult place to come. We’ve not won away in the league all season so it’s a big result in that respect as well as from a points perspective.

“I think we deserved the win too. We were excellent in the first half and probably should have been a bit further ahead. Then, in the second half, the boys showed their dig and gave absolutely everything for the three points.”

Gary was particularly pleased with the attitude shown by all of the players throughout the 90 minutes.

“The mentality is definitely changing. Wins help that and I think you can see the players growing with confidence each week. It allows them to play to their full potential and there have been some great individual performances within the team over the last couple of weeks.”

With four new signings in the starting line-up today, Caldwell was delighted with the contribution of the Jags new boys.

“They’ve been terrific since they arrived at the Club. We wanted to improve the squad during January and I think you can see we’ve done that. In the games since the turn of the year we’ve been getting better and better which is now starting to show in our results.

“Steven Anderson was a great example of that today. He was throwing himself in front of absolutely everything and although he couldn’t finish the game today, he’ll only improve with the more minutes he plays.

“The same goes for Jack McMillan and Steven Saunders who have slotted in perfectly and were defending with courage this afternoon which is exactly what you need on days like today.”

Gary finished by reiterating his point from last week about ignoring results elsewhere and focusing on producing the best Partick Thistle results possible.

“For us, we are looking at ourselves before we look elsewhere. If we want to climb the table, we need to keep picking up points. We’ve shown positive signs over the last few weeks but we can’t stand still; we need to continue that form until the end of the season.”

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