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Dumbuya: Delighted to be back

Mustapha Dumbuya is delighted to be back in the red and yellow and, after missing the first half of the season with injury, the flying right back is hoping to help push Thistle towards a top six finish.

After the home win against Hamilton Accies, Muzzy is hoping to make it two home wins in succession when Hearts come to Firhill on Saturday.

He feels it’s a match Thistle can win: “We feel confident. We had a good result last week against Hamilton. It was a match in which we had to work hard for the three points and we know we will have to do the same against Hearts. We now go into Saturday feeling positive and believing we can win the game.

“We’ve opened up a gap from the teams at the bottom of the table but we know we have to keep winning if we are to retain that gap. We are looking above us, we went into the top six on Saturday then back down on Sunday but we have to concentrate on our own results and if we can do the business then I believe we can get that place in the top six.”

It took a last minute goal for Hearts to win at Firhill earlier in the season while Thistle were extremely unlucky not to take all three points at Tynecastle, and Dumbuya is hoping for the long overdue result comes this weekend.

“We’ve put in good performances against Hearts in the two games so far and in neither did we get the result we deserved. We know we can put in a performance deserving of the three points against them and we have to go out there and make sure that’s what we get this time.

“We want to continue to improve the form at Firhill and give the fans another victory to go away with.”

The Jags number two is enjoying being back and admits the support from the fans has been massive in his recovery.

“It’s great to be back playing, I’m not 100% yet but I’m getting there every week. It’s always going to be difficult being out for so long and I’ve been chucked in a bit with Christie being suspended and injuries but I’m feeling better and better.

“With Christie being back now it gives us some competition  and I just need to play as well as I know I can to try and keep hold of that position.

“The fans have given me a great welcome back and it’s helped me though knowing the fans were behind me – it really got me through when I’ve been tired. It really is fantastic to be back and I can’t thank them enough for the support both during the injury and since I’ve come back.”

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