Saturday 27th December, 2014 at 10:16am
It was a disappointed Alan Archibald who spoke to ptfc.co.uk, shortly after full time, following defeat at Motherwell.
“I thought our second half performance merited at least a point. We got to the final third a number of times and perhaps we chose the wrong options on a number of occasions. It’s down to us to cut teams open and work the goalkeeper more when we’re on top.”
The only goal of the game came from a penalty kick after Stuart Bannigan fouled Ainsworth.
“It’s a foul but I’m not sure if it was inside the box. The players felt the initial tug was outside the box.”
It was a disappointing first half performance for Thistle, something Alan agreed with.
“We hadn’t played at all in the first half. We started the better side in the first ten minutes and Dan Seaborne had a chance from a corner. Motherwell then had a good period of play, playing at a higher tempo than us which we expected – they have a new manager to impress.
“We said to the players that we were still in the game and made a positive attacking change early in the second half, bringing Stevie Lawless on. We had enough creative players on the pitch to hurt them and we should have done more. That being said Motherwell defended well with a lot of last ditch blocks.”
Ryan Stevenson felt he should have had a penalty of his own midway through the second half.
“We had a couple of penalty shouts in the second half. Stevenson, Doolan and Lawless all had claims. Some refs give them, some don’t. Hopefully it will balance out throughout the season.”