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Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Alloa Athletic – 15th December 2018

After Partick Thistle ended a torrid winless run by beating Dunfermline last week, the Jags were unable to make it back-to-back wins as they fought to a stalemate against Alloa Athletic this afternoon. The Maryhill men led twice through Kris Doolan first and then Blair Spittal but goals from Kevin Cawley and Dario Zanatta brought the travelling Wasps level after each Jags goal. The game, contested in wet and windy conditions, lacked real quality from either side and a draw was probably the fairest result. Thistle manager, Gary Caldwell spoke to after the match:

“It was a pretty poor game all in all, not helped by the conditions. For us, to take the lead twice and still not get the three points is very disappointing.

“I don’t necessarily think we deserved to win the game but once you take the lead, it becomes a game we should win. We conceded two bad goals when we were ahead and had something to defend.”

Although he wasn’t looking to blame the weather for his side’s performance, Gary did say that he had to alter his set-up to adapt to the wind and rain.

“We realised quite early that the formation we wanted to play wasn’t going to work with the way the ball was moving on the surface so around the time of the first goal, we switched it up and changed to a front two because we felt we needed to be more direct.

“At the end of the day, the conditions were tough but if we’d done the basics well while we were in front we would have won the game.”

The gaffer had some individual praise for Blair Spittal who once again performed well in the middle of the park, making it two goals in as many games.

“I was praising Blair after last week’s game and he deserves another mention today. He has shown bravery and desire in the last few weeks while playing in a new role and he’s taken to it really well.

“His goal was fantastic and the way he was gliding past players at times was excellent. In a game that was lacking in creativity, he probably looked like our best source of danger.”

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