Wednesday 4th April, 2018 at 3:11am
Thistle headed north to Dingwall looking for three valuable Ladbrokes Premiership points which would put a bit of daylight between themselves and Ross County. It was a deeply disappointing 90 minutes for everyone of a Jags persuasion as the home side ran out 4-0 winners on a snowy night in the Highlands. Manager Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk shortly after the full time whistle to give his thoughts on the match.
“The game didn’t start great and so it proved. It was fast and frantic with a lot of long balls. Just as it was starting to settle down, County went and got their goal. They kicked on from it and we did not get a reaction from it, which was the most disappointing thing. We knew the first goal was going to be pivotal tonight and we just didn’t respond.”
With the Jags trailing by two goals, the gaffer made a double half time substitution in a bid to get back in the match, but it was to prove in vain.
“The game wasn’t over at half time and we brought on Erskine and Spittal in a bid to get that goal back. We thought County might have been vulnerable; the same as us, if we got a goal back in the second half but at 3-0 the game is over. Our defending was so poor and it didn’t let our forward thinking players get into the game. Ross County gave us three warnings before they got their third goal and that was disappointing. We didn’t see enough from the players.”
The side slid to the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership table after tonight’s defeat and with just six games left, Alan knows the side are running out of time to climb the table.
“It will be a tough run in and we’ve got to concentrate on it. The good thing is we are still within touching distance of the teams above us. Tonight’s game gave us the opportunity to close the gap on the teams above us and we didn’t take it. We’re going to have that chance over the next few games and while it is there we have to get results.
“We’ve got another game this Saturday, albeit a very tough game against a top six side. It is time to go and stand up. We can’t hide and feel sorry for ourselves after tonight’s result.”
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