Saturday 19th December, 2015 at 3:47pm
Having won four games in a row for the first time in almost 40 years, Alan Archibald was suitably buoyant when he spoke to ptfc.co.uk shortly after full time in this afternoon’s match.
“We’re obviously delighted with that. I thought we were poor in the first half and that has to be a credit to County, they are a good side and they’re hard to play against. I think we came out for the second half and looked like a different team though.
“The second half suited us more. The game opened up a bit and gave us some time on the ball and allowed us to play some passes too. It wasn’t the best performance but I think that kind of result and performance shows that we have improved as a side. The way we managed the game in the later stages was excellent and it was a very satisfying victory.”
Thistle’s good run has, unsurprisingly, coincided with a change in luck for the Maryhill side, something that Archibald recognised in today’s result.
“I think the nature of the goal typifies how our luck has changed, having said that we did hit the bar twice! It’s not just about luck though, a lot of it comes from really hard work. The goal today was fortunate but it comes from putting the ball in an area. Bannigan plays a great cross that is really tough for the defender to deal with and we come away with the goal and thethree points.”
Although he isn’t one for statistics, Archie couldn’t help but be pleased with writing his name into the history books with today’s victory.
“Statistics are always difficult because they can be spun in different ways. Since I took charge we have had a lot of negative statistics against us so it’s brilliant to be talking about something positive for a change. Long may it continue, there is a great feel around the club at the moment and it is brilliant for the supporters too.
“We’ll not take anything for granted though. We have a reallyhard run of fixtures coming up and the league is incrediblytight. We’ll focus on the next game and keep working hard during the week. Hard work has turned our season around and it is hard work that will help move us up the league.”