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Gordon focused on response to cup exit

Thistle fans are reminded that Tuesday night’s game will kick off at 7pm.

After the disappointment of Saturday’s cup exit at the hands of Dundee United, Partick Thistle return to league action with a trip to face East Fife at Bayview. The Jags and the Fifers are separated by goal difference alone as things stand and with Darren Young’s side unbeaten at home in the league this term, taking them on in Methil represents a tough task for Ian McCall’s side. Thistle midfielder Shea Gordon spoke to ahead of the match:

“It’s good to have another game to play after the loss at Tannadice and we’re looking forward to getting going again. The best way for us to put the cup game behind us is to go and get a result against East Fife so we’re raring to go.”

A Nicky Clark strike in the 90th minute saw Thistle exit the cup against Dundee United and Shea says it was a heart-breaking way to bow out of the competition.

“It was a really tough one to take because for so much of the game we felt quite comfortable. We created some good chances and probably should have been more than one goal up but we just need to get past it now because there’s no time to dwell and we need to be ready for Tuesday night.

“There were positives to take from the game because we played some really nice stuff against a Premiership team and that should give us confidence. We need to carry the energy that we had at Tannadice into the upcoming league games because they’re all massive fixtures.”

East Fife have been one of the teams in League One saddled with the burden of a Thursday night game in the last week as well as extra time in their Scottish Cup defeat to Morton but Gordon reckons they’ll still be looking to bring the game to the Jags.

“I mean, they’ve had a very tough schedule over this last week in particular; having to play four games in eight days with extra time on top of that on Saturday but we can’t presume that’ll have an effect. We need to just focus on ourselves so that we can go and win this game.

The number 14 has featured in every game since the return to play last month and says he’s enjoying the game time he’s getting at the moment.

“I’m really happy to be in the team at the moment, every player wants to be playing games so it’s been brilliant. We’ve now got Ross Docherty back too which is great and when we’re both playing along with Stuart Bannigan it means I get a bit more freedom and license to attack like I did during the Dundee United game.

“I had one chance that I should have done better with up at Tannadice and also set Brian Graham up for one that he feels he could have done better with so I got into some good areas but I just need to make sure that final touch is the right one whether that’s going for goal myself or setting someone else up.”

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