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Partick Thistle v Inverness CT – 10th November 2018

Partick Thistle suffered a third consecutive home defeat as Inverness visited the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill this afternoon. The Jags were looking to put a torrid run of losses to an end with a result against their Highland adversaries but were unable to do so despite plenty of good chances. The hosts dominated the first half with Jai Quitongo, Kris Doolan and Blair Spittal all unable to convert decent opportunities before the travelling Caley side took the lead on 71 minutes as Tom Walsh curled home a right-footed effort from 25 yards. Blair Spittal missed a penalty and Aidan Fitzpatrick had a sight of goal in the final 15 minutes as Thistle’s frustrations continued right up until the final whistle. Following the end of the match, Gary Caldwell spoke to to discuss the 90 minutes:

“It’s a very frustrating one obviously. I said to the players that I was proud of the way they played. I want to see them playing with that energy and desire and they provided that today.

“While we’re still bitterly disappointed about the result, compared to where we were last Saturday, it’s progress and we have to build on that.”

Despite the defeat, Gary was happy with the team’s performance overall and thought that there were individuals who really stepped up their game.

“We’ve worked through the week on trying to lift spirits because last Saturday’s loss was a really tough one and I think you could see in the performance that players were fighting for each other.

“Some players were excellent individually and we need to carry that forward into next week’s game because at the end of the day, we’ve lost again and that’s not good enough.”

With another game gone, the Jags now slip into ninth after 13 games and the gaffer says the players are under no illusions; the results need to come and they need to come soon.

“I knew when I took the job that it was going to be tough and that’s exactly what it’s been. The run that this Club has been on for the last few months, it was always going to take time to turn it around but I saw progress today. There was a change in spirit, a change in attitude and that’s something that we have to do each and every week.”

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