Saturday 29th September, 2012 at 9:00pm
With the 90 minutes completed and Thistle trailing 1-0 it looked as if our 100% and unbeaten league records were about to go, along with our perch at the top of the First Division. Enter Kris Doolan whose header in the 92nd minute rescued a deserved point for Thistle.
www.ptfc.co.uk spoke to manager Jackie McNamara amidst the hubbub of the team bus as it made its’ way back to Glasgow and he was clearly happy to have emerged from the game with a point.
“I was delighted to get the equaliser right at the end. Stark’s Park is a difficult place to go, the pitch is quite tight and while we’ve lost our 100% record we are still unbeaten in the league. I would have hated for us to lose our unbeaten record in a game like that. It was one of those days where you started to feel that it just wasn’t going to happen for us”
So was it one point gained or two points dropped?
“I think that it’s a bit of both. I felt that we were by far the better team but it was a bad goal that we lost. In the lead up to the goal one of their players has used their arm to control the ball but we’ve made a few mistakes after that. At 1-0 down Scott Fox has also made a couple of really important saves to stop us going further behind.”
The equaliser coming so late just underlined the fighting qualities of the current squad. Said Jackie;
“The spirit right through the Club is excellent at the moment; the players, coaching staff and all the backroom staff. Even the players who aren’t playing. We’ve injured players coming through to the game to give the boys their support. There is a real sense of togetherness which is great. Kris’ celebration, when he came to the bench, after he scored is an example of that. As I said the desire and spirit within this group is first class. It’s the ability to get something out of games like this that can help you to win leagues.”