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Manager’s Reaction: Alloa Athletic – 26th November 2019

Thistle were made to settle for just a point on a wet Tuesday night at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill as the Jags couldn’t find a way past a resolute Alloa Athletic defence during a dominant second half. Ian McCall spoke to shortly after the game.

“I’m absolutely gutted we didn’t get the three points but I am hugely enthused by the way the team played. It was our best performance at Firhill since I’ve been here. I think we should have been two goals up before they scored and that allowed them to really sit deep. We hit the bar a couple of times and Jamie MacDonald made an outstanding save from Reece Cole’s free kick. It’s two points dropped but hugely encouraging how they played”

The manager was pleased with the way his side reacted to the set back of going a goal down early on and wants his side to display those characteristics in matches going forward.

“I was hugely enthused by how the side played tonight and I think the crowd was as well. I think we saw a reaction to the poor performance from Saturday although I’d have taken a poor performance and winning 1-0 rather than playing quite well and dropping two points.

“The side did really well to bounce back. In the past we might not have had the confidence to keep plugging away and trying to create opportunities. In the second half it was one way traffic as we had them camped in. We had a couple of chances, balls zipped across goal and it just didn’t go in the net for us.”

Thistle head to East End Park on the back of a four game unbeaten run and the gaffer is looking for that to continue.

“It’s about picking up points. We are now unbeaten in four matches so we’ll go to East End Park with a bit of confidence and look to go and win the game. We’re on an ok run of form, if we can make it another win on Saturday then it will be a good run of form for us heading into December.”

Finally Ian provided an update on the condition of Scott Fox who picked up an injury in the warm up.

“He has done his Achilles and that is an area of the body you take absolutely no risks with. We don’t know how long or how serious it is yet but hopefully he isn’t on the sideline. Jamie came in and didn’t have an awful lot to do during the game. He’s been training really well and pushing Scott really hard and he did himself no harm whatsoever with a very assured performance this evening.”

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