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Queen of the South v Partick Thistle – 1st December 2018

Partick Thistle were unable to build on their point against Falkirk two weeks ago as they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Queen of the South at Palmerston Park this afternoon. The Jags dominated large spells of the game and had chances to score but were made to rue missed opportunities when Stephen Dobbie grabbed the winner in the final ten minutes. The visitors had a header cleared off the line and a strong penalty appeal waved away but they couldn’t salvage anything from the game. Thistle manager, Gary Caldwell spoke to following the defeat:

“I thought we played well and controlled the game. They really struggled to create in the first half but we gave Dobbie one chance and he scored as you’d expect.

“We got in some good attacking positions throughout the match but it’s just a slight lack of composure around the box that’s costing us at the moment.

“We should have been out of sight by the time they scored but once again we were wasteful and it’s disappointing but we have to take responsibility and make the difference ourselves.”

Thistle were claiming for a penalty in added time when Blair Spittal was upended but their appeals were waved away by Steven McLean, however, Caldwell feels a spot kick should have been awarded.

“I think it’s a penalty. I reckon everyone in the stadium thinks it’s a penalty except the man who had to give it. The referee told me that there was contact but it wasn’t enough. I didn’t know there was specific level of contact for penalties so I’ve just found that out today.

“That’s the sort of decision that will go against you when you’re on a bad run. You can’t rely on things going your way, you have to turn it around yourselves which is what we have to do.”

Gary was once again frustrated by his side’s failure to turn great chances into goals ultimately leading to another loss.

“It’s something that we need to overcome. We create plenty but can’t seem to find the net. Today, Kris Doolan, Chris Erskine, Blair Spittal and Sean McGinty had opportunities but again we failed to score. They were clearing things off the line and their ‘keeper made a great save all at 0-0 so if we can start to take even one or two of these chances then we’ll be in a much better position to go and win games.”

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