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Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v St Johnstone – 10th September 2016

Partick Thistle were unable to claim their second victory of the season in today’s clash against visitors St. Johnstone and the performance was a lacklustre one. Jags boss Alan Archibald gave his opinion on the days’ game when he spoke to after the match.

“I’m very frustrated, we looked unrecognisable at times. I know we’ve lost our last two matches but the way we played in those games was with a tempo and with high energy but we didn’t have any of that today. We looked flat.”

Archie felt that the team had begun the game promisingly but were slightly short in certain areas.

“We started brightly enough. We were in the final third trying to create a few things but it all seemed to peter out for us. We lacked that energy, we didn’t pick up enough second balls and we were losing those individual battles.”

The gaffer was annoyed by how the first goal was conceded but admitted the second was an excellent strike by Steven MacLean.

“The first goal was a long ball and a quick free kick which is disappointing but the second one was a wonder-strike. Ryan Edwards came on to give us a bit of added energy and he did that to be fair. I thought was unlucky to give the ball away in the lead-up to their second.”

One of the big moments of the match was when Jags ‘keeper Tomas Cerny limped off the pitch with what appeared to be an ankle problem and had to be replaced by Ryan Scully. Despite it being very concerning, Alan Archibald didn’t have the details on the extent of the Czech’s injury.

“I haven’t spoken with Tomas yet. Hopefully it’s not too bad. We saw a specialist about a month ago, the last time it re-occurred and we had hoped that it had been put to bed but obviously its popped up again which is a real concern.”

The Thistle boss acknowledged that improvements have to be made if his team are to get out of their current run of defeats.

“We knew that we had a tough set of games, there’s no hiding from that. We don’t want to start a run of losing games because it can become a habit. It wasn’t as bad with our previous defeats against Aberdeen and Hearts because we played well. In those games, we looked threatening but today we didn’t.”

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