Saturday 16th May, 2015 at 9:48am
A 4-1 defeat is no doubt not how Alan Archibald would have wanted to end his home campaign – especially after such a positive season. However, with Kilmarnock scrapping for their own Premiership survival there was no doubt which team had the greater motivation going into the game. The Firhill boss was understandably disappointed when he spoke to ptfc.co.uk after the game.
“I was particularly disappointed with the fact that the things we have been doing well recently we didn’t do this afternoon. We have been really solid at the back in recent weeks but we certainly didn’t show that today. We had a few enforced changes this afternoon and maybe that didn’t help but we won’t be using that as an excuse.
“We really wanted to finish the season on a high and give the fans something to celebrate and I’m gutted we couldn’t do that.”
The nature of the four goals, a penalty, a free kick, a corner and a long ball were a particular sore point for Archie.
“We need to cut out those kinds of goals if we want to progress next season. All the goals we lost today were really poor. We need to make teams work harder to score against us.
“Apart from the goals we conceded we actually put together some decent play. We dominated possession but couldn’t make the most of it.”
Despite the defeat, Alan knows there are plenty of positives to take from the season.
“Overall our season has been good and I’m not going to let one bad result spoil what has been a great year. We’re pleased with how we’ve done but we want to finish strongly and we didn’t do that today in any shape or form. We need to concentrate on putting that right on Saturday against Motherwell and hopefully we can finish the season on a high.”