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Melbourne hoping to continue good run

Max Melbourne is looking forward to the chance to continue a run of good Thistle performances as Thistle travel to Tannadice to take on Dundee United in a return to Ladbrokes Championship action.

After great wins against Falkirk in the league and then Stranraer in the Irn Bru cup, a good performance against Celtic has created confidence in the squad and Melbourne is hoping to take that form into Saturday.

Speaking to the defender said: “We’ve had a good week of training after the game last week, we’ve worked hard and we are all looking forward to the game.

“We all know how big a game it is, away from home and we will have a good travelling support behind us and we are going out looking for the three points.

“We are feeling confident after the last couple of games. We may have lost against Celtic but we don’t see it as too much of a setback. We had two good results before that and we performed well last weekend despite the defeat so we will be looking to take that into the game on Saturday.”

Max knows it will be another tough game, United are expected to also challenge up the top end of the table and but he knows the team have what it takes

“We know every game in this league is a tough challenge. We know it will be tough but we feel we have what it takes and know what we need to do to come away with three points and we have to go and put that into action on the pitch and make sure we perform as well as we can.

“We know its games like this we need to look to win, we have to make sure we try and win games both away as well as at home and we will be looking to do that on Saturday.”

Melbourne has enjoyed a good run in the team since his arrival and got his first goal against Stranraer. He is hoping there is even more to come.

“I’ve had a run of starts in the team and got the goal against Stranraer which was a good confidence boost to me too. I’ve come here to play football and I feel good just now and hopefully I can carry on doing that and help get the team back to where they deserve.

“I’m enjoying my time here so far. It’s a great experience, it’s different for me and outwith my comfort zone but I’m enjoying pushing myself and my job is to come here and play football and do the best I possibly can for the team.”

The on-loan West Brom man will line up against an ex-teammate in the shape of Craig Curran and he is hoping to use his knowledge of him to his advantage.

“I played with Craig last season so I know what I’m up against, I know he is a good player but hopefully knowing his game will help me up against him and help me with my defensive side of my game on Saturday.

“First and foremost I want to try and defend and win my individual battles but I want to get forward too and support the attackers and try and create there too, I see that as an important part of my game too”

The Jags number 15 hope the travelling support can also play an important part in bringing the three points back to Glasgow.

“We want to use our support to our advantage, we want to use their banking to drive us on and hopefully get their support frustrated by us starting the game well.

“The fans always give us great backing and we know we will get it on Saturday and it will help to hopefully drive us on to another three points.”

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