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Manager’s Reaction: Ian McCall – 11th September 2021

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Partick Thistle suffered their second defeat of the cinch Championship season this afternoon as they lost 3-1 to Inverness at the Caledonian Stadium. The Jags made an ideal start to proceedings as Scott Tiffoney fired the Maryhill men into the lead after 18 minutes, however, a stellar second half display from the hosts saw them take all three points from the top of the table clash. Kirk Broadfoot levelled things a couple of minutes into the second half before Shan Sutherland put Billy Dodds’ side ahead. Aaron Doran rounded off the scoring with a terrific right-footed finish as Inverness continued their 100% start to the league season. Thistle boss Ian McCall spoke to after the final whistle:

“We were pleased to get in front but we then had a couple of decent chances to go further ahead and we really should have taken at least one of them. However, we’re still in a good position at half-time but we come out for the second half and make a couple of mistakes that change the complexion of the game.

“Credit to Inverness of course because they played very well in that second half but we’ve not helped ourselves either with the mistakes we made. They took their chances and ran out comfortable and deserved winners in the end.”

Having gone ahead in the first half, McCall felt the game shifted into the home side’s favour early in the second half.

“It was a really even first half and in open play there wasn’t much in it. As I’ve said, I felt we should have been two up based on the chances we created but we didn’t get that to make it more comfortable for ourselves.

“Coming out after half-time, they had plenty of energy and obviously got a boost from scoring so quickly but from our perspective we concede two very avoidable goals and that just seemed to sap the energy out of us. That’s happened a couple of times this season now so it’s something we have to work hard to avoid going forward.”

With ambitions of making the top four this season, the gaffer says the team need to avoid being overrun as they were in the second half this afternoon.

“We need to be more difficult to play against once we go into the lead. As much as we’d like to score three goals every game, there are going to be tight games when there’s only one in it and we need to make sure we can hang onto those leads because it was too easy for them to get that equaliser right after half-time.

“If we score a second then who knows? Maybe it’s a different game but we didn’t get that. This is a set back for us but we need to regroup because there’s another big game coming up next week against Killie.”

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