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Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Falkirk – 12th January 2019

It was another missed opportunity for three points this afternoon as far as Partick Thistle were concerned with the Jags once again letting a one goal lead slip before coming away with just one point. Last week it was Dundee United and today it was Falkirk with the dismissal of Gary Harkins significantly hampering the home side’s search for three points.

Thistle had taken the lead through Blair Spittal’s scuffed effort but, following Harkins’ red card, Zak Rudden was able to bundle home an equaliser which meant the sides shared the spoils at full time. Jags boss, Gary Caldwell, spoke to following the match’s conclusion:

“It’s another tough one to take because we controlled the game completely. Granted, we weren’t incisive enough in the first half but we asked the guys for more creative play at half time and I felt we got that from them.

“It’s difficult to play against a 5-4-1 where there are essentially nine men on the edge of their box but we were patient and scored a good goal. I think we would have won the game had it not been for the red card.”

Gary then gave us his view on the sending off of Gary Harkins as the number 11 was dismissed for a second yellow card.

“It’s every week in this league where there are bad decisions and I think that was another one. The referee was letting the Falkirk bench get in his ear and it felt like every foul we committed was a yellow while they were getting away with identical fouls.”

Nevertheless, the gaffer was pleased with the way his side held out after conceding to ensure that they at least came away with a point.

“It was disappointing to concede so quickly but the boys did well after that to keep things tight and stop them from really creating anything more. They didn’t look very dangerous, even as we got into the last two or three minutes and that’s a credit to how calm and composed the defence were.”

Although Alloa’s win over Morton leaves Thistle eight points behind the Wasps, Caldwell is still confident his side can make up the ground and get above the bottom two spots.

“You can see in the last two week’s games that the team has improved and there’s still more business we hope to do this month because we still need one or two additions but the guys we have already brought in have made the team better and we’re getting closer to where we want to be.”

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