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Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Ayr United – 27th October 2018

The Gary Caldwell era got underway last Saturday as Partick Thistle fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat by Alloa but the new Jags gaffer took charge of his first home game this afternoon. Unfortunately for the Maryhill men, today’s game brought the same outcome as last weekend’s as Ayr came away with a 1-0 win. Michael Rose got the only goal of the game as the Honest Men beat the Jags for the third time this season despite a few chances for the hosts. Caldwell spoke to straight after the final whistle:

“I felt that like last week, we played well for large periods of the game. Also, I felt we were much better in the attack than we were at Alloa and the game was there to be won but we give away a poor goal from a set piece which is the reason we lose the game in the end.

“After the goal went in, we ended up chasing the match and things got a bit ragged which made it tough for us.

“Once again, the effort was there but I can’t accept losing games of football so there’s plenty of work still to be done.”

Gary emphasised that although he felt the performance was improved, it counts for nothing if the results don’t come.

“We need to be picking points up and I’ve told the players that. They can’t feel sorry for themselves. That mentality has to change.

“We know we have quality in this team but we’re struggling to score and that’s going to make getting points very difficult when you come up against teams like Ayr or Alloa who fight for everything.

The boss made a few small matchday changes today, for example, switching dugouts and he says that these small changes are just about building towards what his vision for Partick Thistle Football Club could be.

“The little changes are fairly inconsequential but they’re things that I want changed and feel will help us achieve our bigger goal.

“It’s obviously not going to happen overnight and we just need to keep chipping away. I have seen some improvement but as I’ve said to the squad, that’s not good enough because we need to be winning football matches.”

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