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Fitzpatrick out to help team

Aidan Fitzpatrick is looking to continue his breakthrough season in the first team by helping the team to victory over Morton at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.

The attacker has enjoyed a run in the starting line-up and is keen to make the most of the opportunities he is given.

Speaking to the youngster admits, however, the team result comes before his personal goals. He said: “I’m thankful for the run in the team I’ve been getting at the moment. I’m out to try and grasp that with two hands and make the most of it.

“I know I can still improve, I know I need to continue to work hard. I’m learning every time I step on that pitch and I want to make a contribution to the team. I want to help us win.

“I know it’s players like myself who need to try and create opportunities, to create goals. It’s all about the team and performing together to get those three points. I obviously want to impress and maybe grab a goal or two myself but the most important thing is picking up points.”

Aidan was disappointed not to pick up more from the last game against Ross County, however, he feels the players know what they need to add to make the difference.

“We didn’t take our chances when we were on top. We controlled large parts of the game but didn’t make it count. We went over the game on Monday and the gaffer has pointed out what we need to do better.

“We know what we didn’t do well and we need to build on that while also maintaining the good parts of our play. That is the only way we will get the victories.

“Saturday just shows how crucial not taking your chances or switching off for a second can be in these games, how scoring first can make all the difference”

With the first half of the season out the way, it’s been a disappointing start for the team this term. Nevertheless, Fitzpatrick is looking to the future.

“We know the first half of the season hasn’t gone how we wanted it to, however, we need to put that out of our minds. We have to look at the second half of the season as an opportunity to put some things right, to pick up some more points and look to climb the table. That is what we have; a chance to look forward.

“We just have to take each game at a time, focus on the three points and nothing else, that is all we can do.”

The last match against the Greenock side was one to forget and the Jags number 21 admits the players are desperate to get one back on the Ton.

“We know what happened at their place last time, that hurt us a lot and we want to go out and get a bit of revenge for that. We want to show that isn’t us, that it was a one off and we want to go out and take the points in our ground, in front of our own fans”

The 17 year old is hoping previous home wins can help give the team confidence but he knows the Thistle support will be right behind the team, and him in particular.

“We’ve already beaten them at home this season, so there is no reason we can’t do it again, we have to have belief and we have that at home in front of our fans.

“They have been great, especially to me and the support they’ve given me has really helped when I’m out there. I know I can just go out and play my game. I hear them sing my name or clap when I beat a man and it really drives me on so hopefully that continues.”

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