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Manager’s Reaction: Ian McCall – 30th October 2021

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After making it all the way to October without a 0-0 in 2021, Partick Thistle have now had three goalless draws on the trot. The Jags battled to a scoreless stalemate with Inverness this afternoon following on from identical results against Dunfermline and Morton with Jamie Sneddon the hero of their latest shutout. Inverness came close in the first half, hitting the post and the bar before half-time but it was on the hour mark when they had their best chance to open the scoring. Aaron Doran was brought down by Lewis Mayo in the box and the Caley Jags were awarded a penalty, however, Sneddon denied Sean Welsh from 12 yards to maintain his clean sheet and ultimately earn his side a point. Jags boss Ian McCall spoke to following the full-time whistle:

“It’s a good point for us, I think, especially after that second half where they were definitely the better team. The game was pretty even in the first half and both teams had some good chances. Zak found a couple of good positions and Cammy wasn’t far away either but they had their moments as well, hitting the post and the bar.

“It was a bit more one-sided after half time. They were putting a lot of pressure on us and we needed Jamie to earn us the point. At the end of the day, the players gave their all and battled for that point so we’ll take that and move forward.”

The manager took some time to discuss Jamie Sneddon’s performance more as he continues to impress between the sticks for the Maryhill men.

“I’ve been really pleased with the way Jamie’s been playing recently. He made a couple of mistakes earlier in the season but he’s bounced back from that brilliantly and he won that point for us today. The penalty save was absolutely outstanding and that’s now been a good run of games where he’s been doing well so hopefully he can continue that.”

The team had to dig in late in the game as Inverness pushed for a winner and McCall was delighted with the way his side stuck to their task towards the end of the game.

“As I said, we had to fight today. The pitch was quite heavy and a lot of the guys out there have played a lot of minutes over the past week so it wasn’t easy but they gave everything to get us the point.

“We’ve got two young centre-halves who will have learned a lot from that game. They’ve got some very experienced attacking players who aren’t easy to play against but they stood up to the challenge. Lewis did give away the penalty but having watched it back I think it’s quite harsh on him.”

Thistle now look ahead to two trips to Ayrshire as they face Kilmarnock and Ayr away in consecutive weeks and the gaffer says the team have to go into both games looking to win.

“We’ll always look to win games, that’s what our mind-set is and it will be no different in these two games. It’s Rugby Park first which will be a difficult game but we have to go there with belief and hopefully we can get back to scoring goals.”

Further reaction from Thistle manager Ian McCall and Jamie Sneddon will be available for JagZone subscribers to watch tonight – log in to view.

We’ll also have extended highlights and a full game replay of today’s match on JagZone tonight.

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