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Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Falkirk – 18th July 2015

Thistle continued their pre-season schedule with a 0-0 drawagainst Falkirk a result that Alan Archibald was slightly disappointed with when he spoke to shortly after the full time whistle. “Eastleigh were at the same stage as us when we played them the other night. Today Falkirk were probably a week ahead of us as they have their first competitive game next Saturday. We still expected more from the lads though, we’ve done a bit of travelling yesterday arriving in Glasgow late last night and that’s the only excuse I can give the boys to be honest. “It might be down to my team selection today, to be honest. I’ve made that team selection purposely so that everyone can get some game time and match sharpness which definitely affected the flow. It affected the way we started the game and I’ll take a bit of blame for that. “There were seven changes to the side which played on Tuesday and saw a couple of players playing in unfamiliar positions throughout the team. “We’re trying to make sure everyone has enough minutes for the start of the season. We know that we’re not going to be able to pick our strongest side for every game next season and
we know some players will have to play out of position. We’re wanting to try different combinations and players in unfamiliar positions. We’ve done it in training every day and it was something we tried in London when we were away. We had a couple of injuries in Seaborne and Lindsay which meant we had to shuffle it about a bit but that’s part of football. Thankfully everyone came through unscathed. “I know it can be a bit frustrating for the fans and myself. I didn’t enjoy watching that today. It felt like a real pre-season game. I think our changes in the second half definitely helped bringing more energy to the game. The young guys, Hendry, Wilson, Leyden and McDaid, along with Liam Lindsay, are part of the first team. I think the younger ones, the apprentices, did well and held their own which I was really happy about”Thistle now have a double header of home games against Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United and Alan is glad to be headedback to Firhill. “It’s good to be going back to Firhill and we’ve luckily got two home pre-season games this year. It’ll be good for the younger lads and the new signings to get used to their surroundings. We also get back on the big pitch and it’ll be two tough games but that’s why we took them. You want to lift the standard as you progress through pre-season.“Alan remains on the lookout for new signings, casting his eye over some trialists throughout the pre-season period. “We’ve brought in a number of trialists throughout the pre-season spell as we’re wanting to explore our options as we make sure we get the right signings in, not just ones for the sake of it.“

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