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Booth is up for the fight

Callum Booth admits the players know they are in for a fight as they take on Hamilton on Saturday but it’s one he believes the players are up for.

After defeat last weekend to Dundee the match against rivals Hamilton takes on extra significance, a fact that Booth admits isn’t lost on the players.

Speaking to he said: “We know it’s a massive game against Hamilton on Saturday, maybe our biggest of the season.

“We’ve had a good weeks training. We’re trying to put the disappointment of Saturday behind us. Everyone has come in this week and worked really hard. It’s all we can do after last week, we have to just get our heads down and prepare as best we can ahead of the Hamilton game.

“We’ve had good numbers training which makes a big difference, we’ve had some great sessions and the week has went as well as it could.”

The disappointment of the late defeat against Dundee was a big one but Callum knows the players have to forget about it as they look towards the trip to Hamilton

“Last week is out the mind now.  It ruins your weekend and it’s tough to take but when Monday comes it’s a new week, we have to look ahead, we learn from our mistakes and look to put things right against Hamilton.

“We were all upset and gutted after the game but there is nothing we can do about it now, all we can do is go out against Hamilton and do everything we can to get the three points in what we know is a big game.”

A good performance on Saturday counted for nothing and the defender knows points are all that matter, it’s a win at all costs mentality that is needed now

“We’re not expecting to be able to play as fluently as we did in the first half on Saturday but at this stage of the season performances mean nothing. We can’t say we’ll take positives from the first half on Saturday as ultimately we got beat, maybe at the start of the season these things are good signs but right now with so little football left to be played it’s all about picking up points. Performances mean nothing, points are vital.

“We don’t expect Saturday to be pretty on the eye, we have to put in a gritty performance but as long as we come away with the win that’s the important thing. It doesn’t matter how it comes. We’ve had a few games like this before and we’ve managed to get the points, hopefully we can use that to take the win, we know it will be difficult but we believe in ourselves.”

Booth knows the players must leave everything out on the pitch; they have to give their all and fight for the ninety minutes

“We have to put everything into the game; we have to fight for everything. There aren’t many games left and we have to make sure we fight for every ball. Every point matters right now and we have to make sure we earn them.”

The Thistle number three spent a number of months out injured but he’s back in the side and hoping to help the side up the table as the league campaign draws to a close.

“I’m feeling really good, no problems at all with the knee. Saturday was the fittest I’ve felt for a while and it’s just trying to build that up more. All my knee issues are behind me and I’m maybe just a week or so from proper full match sharpness. I can hopefully end the season well both personally and for the team.

“I’m delighted to be back to help the team at the end of the season, the winter break came at a good time for me and it’s now trying to do everything I can for the team in the closing stages of the season. It’s a huge run in and I feel I can play my part.”

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