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Partick Thistle v Aberdeen – 10th March 2018

Due to incredible snowfall last week, Partick Thistle’s clash with Ross County in the Highlands was called off. That means that the Jags had two weeks to dwell on a late 2-1 defeat by Hamilton Academicals at the SuperSeal Stadium. While that could have caused the Maryhill men some problems, it seemed that the extra thinking time did Thistle some good as they bounced back with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Aberdeen this afternoon. The league’s third placed team came to the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill having won their previous eight games against their hosts today but couldn’t find a way to beat the resilient Jags in a game of few chances in Glasgow. Thistle boss, Alan Archibald spoke to following a scrappy 90 minutes.

Archie began by giving us his view on a well-earned point on a day where his team had to show real fight to make it through.

“We’re obviously very pleased with the draw. I doubt many thought we would get anything today but it’s up to us to put the effort in and prove everyone wrong which we did well this afternoon. It was also very nice to get a clean sheet because we’ve not had one yet this year and that will hopefully boost the defender’s confidence slightly. The first half was a bit to and fro but we looked good after half-time and limited them to very few opportunities. Overall, the lads can be pleased with their performances.”

The gaffer also said he was pleased to discover that his side had moved further clear of bottom spot due to other result from the Ladbrokes Premiership.

“That’s a bonus for us. We have to focus on ourselves because we have no control over the outcomes of other games but it is nice to finish a match and find out that we’ve moved further away from the foot of the table. If we’d taken a point here but Ross County had taken three then the point would feel a bit less valuable but since they’ve lost, it could be massive.”

Alan was particularly complimentary of Baily Cargill who put in a man of the match performance as part of the Thistle back four.

“Baily did very well for us today. His use of the ball was good and there was one challenge in particular in the second half that was terrific. He’s been a very good player in general since he signed but the late goals that we have conceded have been weighing on his mind I think so getting that clean sheet today should do him the world of good.”

Archibald’s Jags now prepare for a tricky trip to Tynecastle to take on Hearts without on form forward, Conor Sammon. The Maryhill men look to move further up the table with a result against Craig Levein’s side at the ground where they drew in November. Kick-off is at 15:00 in Edinburgh.

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