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Match Reaction

Motherwell v Partick Thistle – 24th August 2013

Alan Archibald lost his first game over 90 minutes as Thistle boss yesterday as Thistle went down 1-0 to Motherwell at Fir Park. The manager described his feeling after the match as “horrible” when he spoke to

We started off asking him how he was feeling:

“It’s horrible, it doesn’t feel good to be honest. It was always going to come, it was only a matter of time and we knew that was going to be the case, so that’s not really important. It’s the manner of the defeat that was more hurting to be honest.”

Motherwell had control of the game in the first half as Thistle struggled to get a foothold into the game.  The manager thought that was a lot to do with the pressure of Motherwell.

“I think they pressed us high up the pitch and that’s what teams will do to us now because they know we like to pass the ball. We need to react better than that and learn. We need to play the game at our tempo,  I thought we played the game at Motherwell’s tempo and couldn’t get into the game first half.”

Second half Thistle came more into the match and laid siege on the Motherwell goal and Alan was pleased with the way his team played.

“I thought second half we started to play the game at our tempo and how we like to play and that’s why the game got stretched and it suited us better.

I thought Kallum helped change the game, he came on and not only did he make an impact but the way the whole team went about their business was better – the demeanour of the team changed.”

The Jags are back in action on Tuesday night when Cowdenbeath are the visitors to Firhill in the League cup and there are likely to be some changes in the team.

“I think we will have to make a few changes for the match on Tuesday, there’s a few boys in there struggling but we will treat it as a premiership match, we want to do well in the cups too – we’ve not had much of a run in the League Cup recently.”

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