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Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Falkirk – 25th August 2015

It was a visibly disappointed Alan Archibald who spoke to after the game and his comments showed just how upset he was to have lost to Falkirk and fallen at the first League Cup hurdle.

“First and foremost it is bitterly disappointing to lose a game in the manner which we did tonight. We are the home side and the Premiership team but we did not do enough – it’s really assimple as that. We never moved the ball like we know we can and weren’t able to dictate the tempo of the game in any way, shape or form.

“It was very similar in a lot of ways to the Tynecastle performance. We didn’t create enough chances and and the players we know can pass the ball didn’t demand it anywhere near enough. The one clear cut chance we get in the second half we have to score but we don’t take it.

“Our fans are long overdue a cup run and deserve it for the magnificent support they give us week in and week out. I’m desperate to give them a bit of cup excitement so it is even more disappointing to go out at this stage.”

Archie is never one to hide and tonight was no different as the Firhill gaffer gave credit to Thistle’s opposition.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Falkirk, they played well and deserved to go through but, as the home side, we never made them work anywhere near hard enough and we need to fix that very soon.”

Archibald’s side will face Aberdeen at Firhill on Saturday and he knows his team will have to perform much better if they are toavoid another defeat come full time at the weekend.

“We have Aberdeen on Saturday and there is no doubt that willbe a tough, tough game. The lads know that and we’ll be working hard in training for the rest of the week to make sure we put things right and come out fighting on Saturday. It isn’t a
case of making drastic changes, these players are here for a reason and they all have the ability – there is no doubt aboutthat. We’ll take it back to basics for the rest of the week, work on what we know we’re good at and try to build some confidence back up in the camp.

“Aberdeen will be tough on Saturday but we know we can match them on our day. Getting a result on Saturday would be a great way to start repaying our fans for what have been two performances well below the level that Scott and I expect from my team.”

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