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Partick Thistle v Dundee – 21st October 2017

Following a winless start to the league season, Partick Thistle finally picked up a victory in the Ladbrokes Premiership against Dundee in Maryhill. Dundee took an early lead when Ajay Leitch-Smith nodded home the opener from close range but the Dee’s goal scorer failed to add a second from the penalty spot in the first half. The visitors would be made to regret the missed spot kick when Ryan Edwards levelled things with fifteen minutes to go. Following the equaliser, Tomas Cerny pulled off a sensational save to deny Sofien Moussa a goal before Thistle substitute, Miles Storey netted his first Jags goal in 92nd minute to earn hosts their first league win of the new campaign. Partick Thistle assistant manager, Scott Paterson spoke to after the game.

Thistle’s win wasn’t the prettiest and came with some luck for the Jags but Scotty emphasised that at this point of the season considering the side’s situation, it didn’t matter how the win came but rather that it did.

“The main thing for us is that we’ve got that win. We’re in the dressing room at half-time and we’re still in the game. Yes, Tomas Cerny has saved a penalty but we’re still just 1-0 down. I think in the end, the players deserve so much credit. Considering the run we’ve been on it would be easy for them to fall away because over the last two games we’ve gone into the break one down and gone on to lose but they showed a lot of character today. Everyone’s delighted with the effort and we’re glad they pulled through to get the three points.”

Paterson was very complimentary of Dundee who really tested Thistle today and created some good chances throughout the game.

“They’re a good team. I’ve watched them a few times and they’re very good on their day. I think some of that comes from confidence after that early goal; it gives them that impetus to go for another. At the end of the day, Tomas has made two brilliant saves and if he hadn’t made those saves, maybe it would be Dundee taking the three points.”

The former Thistle player also mentioned the bench today as the Jags named seven substitutes for the first time since September the 15th.

“Last week the injuries meant that we had a weaker bench than we’d like but three players came back in for the game this afternoon. The substitutes played their part. I thought Blair Spittal looked really dangerous when he came on and obviously, Kris Doolan and Miles Storey link up for the winner. Also, on that topic, we’re delighted for Miles to get off them mark because we feel he’s got what it takes to be a big player here and hopefully this is the start of that.”

There’s not much time for celebration for Scott Paterson, Alan Archibald and the Thistle squad as they face the prospect of a trip to the SuperSeal Stadium on Tuesday to take on Hamilton. Kick-off against Accies is 19:45.

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