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McGinty: We need to use the ball better

One of two Jags ever presents this season, Sean McGinty was in the thick of the action again on Saturday as Partick Thistle travelled to Tannadice with the centre half forced off the pitch with a head knock at one point. Unfortunately, it was an unsuccessful trip for Sean and the Maryhill men with Dundee United running out as 3-1 victors. Two goals from Paul Watson and one from Craig Curran had United strolling into added time with Chris Erskine grabbing a consolation goal for the visitors. McGinty spoke to after the third league game of the season.

The Englishman began by reflecting on the 90 minutes as a whole.

“It’s obviously a massive disappointment to come away with nothing. We were pretty poor in large spells but from open play, we were no worse than United. It’s the lapses in concentration from set pieces which have ultimately cost us. Nevertheless, we should have taken our chances when they came and we should have used the ball better when we had it.”

Sean then spoke about Tam O’Ware’s injury which forced the defender off after four minutes and how that affected his game as Tam’s central defensive partner.

“Obviously, it’s not ideal to lose a player as good as Tam so early in the game. I feel like I’ve built a decent relationship with Tam during pre-season but suddenly that all goes out the window. It unsettled us a little bit but I don’t think we can use that as an excuse for the first goal as we should still be marking up.”

McGinty told us that it is after games like these that players just want to get back out on the pitch to make amends for what has happened.

“You just want to get to your next game as quickly as possible. No one likes losing and having a week to dwell on it can be tough but we have to try to put it behind us. Ideally we’d have a game like the Stranraer one on Tuesday but we don’t so we just need to get back into training and improve.”

Next up for the Jags is Greenock Morton next Saturday. Thistle have already beaten Morton this season during the Betfred Cup and Sean hopes that’ll give his teammates that bit of extra belief ahead of what will be an important game.

“Hopefully, it gives us a bit of confidence. The team know we have what it takes to beat Morton and we need to believe we can do it again. Confidence can be crucial in football and after today’s result we need self-belief if we’re going to make up for this loss.”

He does know, though, that the win last month doesn’t guarantee anything for the game this time round with Morton in a good vein of form.

“Every game is different and although we can take confidence from our last game against them, we can’t be naive and think that we’ll just beat them again because we did it before. They’re unbeaten in the league and we have to be prepared for what they bring to the game.”

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