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Match Reaction

Kilmarnock v Partick Thistle – 17th September 2016

Thistle played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon, a result which lifts the club off the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership, and caught up with manager Alan Archibald shortly after the full time whistle.

“It was a much improved performance from last week and we more than deserved our point today. We had a great chance in the last minute with Azeez and that would have been great to secure a win. It wasn’t to be though, Jamie MacDonald did really well to stand up and deny him. When you have a one on one in the last minute you’re thinking you will get all three points”

Thistle fought back on two occasions to get a share of the spoils and the gaffer was pleased with the attitude shown by the team.

“We showed great character to come back from being a goal down on two occasions. We’re not happy at the goals we’ve conceded but we are happy at the way the side bounced back from the set backs to score two good goals of our own.

“In the first half especially, some of our play was outstanding and it was probably up there with the best we have played all season. From middle to front we were linking up well but we maybe didn’t test the goalkeeper enough in the opening 45 minutes. We worked our way into a number of opportunities but we just weren’t getting efforts on target.”

David Amoo was restored to the starting line up and he had an impressive showing during his time on the pitch.

“David did well for his first start in a couple of games. We’re pleased with the way he reacted to being left out in the last couple of games and he terrorised their defence throughout the time he was on the pitch. He tired a bit in the second half, which is why we took him off, which is partly down to the lack of game time he’s had recently. When David is in that form not many defenders can handle him.”

Ryan Scully was another player making his first start in a while and he made a string of crucial saves to give Thistle a chance of getting anything from the game.

“Ryan was terrific for us, he made a number of good stops during the ninety minutes and he dealt with what he had to do with the minimum of fuss. He’s been unlucky in the past that he has been exposed by makeshift defensive units, but today he had an established back four in front of him and that helped him as the game went on.”

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