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Kevin Holt anticipating tough tie in Dumfries

Partick Thistle head to Dumfries tomorrow night to face Queen of the South in the SPFL Trust Trophy. Former Doonhamers defender Kevin Holt will be turning out at Palmerston Park for the first time as an opposition player as he looks to help the Jags on their way through to a quarter-finals berth. He spoke to to preview this Friday’s cup clash against his old side:

“I’m feeling good ahead of the match. Obviously, we’re confident after last week with the good result against Ayr United. It’s a break from the league games but it would be good to continue the momentum we’ve started to build up and, after a couple of defeats, it would be good to get another win on Friday night against Queen of the South.”

Looking at the Championship table, Ian McCall’s Thistle sit just three points above Queen of the South in fifth so Kevin is under no illusions about the difficulty of the game.

“I think they’ve done well so far this year. They’ve been playing out from the back and doing well. I speak to a lot of people from Dumfries and what I’ve heard from them this year is that they are all happy and believe in what they’re doing so I’m expecting a tough game.

“Queens had a good result at the weekend against Dunfermline, but we had a good result too so we’ll head down to Palmerston looking to get through to the next round.”

A good result against Ayr United last weekend has given the squad a morale boost ahead of the Jags’ third round fixture but Kevin insists that the squad always believed they could bounce back from their poor run of results.

“We weren’t too down about the defeats just as we weren’t getting carried away after we won the first couple of games in the league. We know that with the way the league is, you can win a couple and then lose a couple and you need to try and not make a habit of losing games, but we had the belief that our results would turn.

“Although we lost the three games in a row, we weren’t playing terrible and in those games we had spells where we could’ve gone on to win them, so the confidence was always still there.

“The difference was we took our chances in the Ayr game. Against Kilmarnock, we started really strongly but in the first half an hour we didn’t make the most of that. Not all of the goals from Saturday were exactly clear cut but its good work from the strikers and we score a few goals that in other games might not have gone in. When you get ahead in games, or take your chances while you’re in front, it can kill the opposition’s spirit and we need to make sure we do the same again on Friday night.”

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JagZone subscribers will be able to tune in to live audio commentary for our clash with Queen of the South, starting at 7:15pm – click here to tune in.

There will also be a pay-per-view option provided by the home side, priced at £10, for any supporter who wishes to watch a live stream of the match – click here for more info.

We’ll have extended highlights and a full game replay of the fixture on JagZone following the game.

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