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Palmer: We must stay positive and learn

Cammy Palmer was visibly disappointed in Thistle’s performance as he left the pitch after the 2-1 home defeat to Dundee United on Friday night.

Despite leading 1-0 at half time, the goal coming from a Palmer cross, a second half comeback saw Thistle end the match pointless, but Palmer was trying to take the positives and learn from the negatives.

Speaking exclusively to the young midfielder said: “We went into the game believing we would take all three points. In this league you need to be winning your home games especially, so we are extra disappointed to not have taken anything from the game.

“I believe you have to try and take the positives; we are disappointed and upset but we can’t let it bring us down, we have to stay positive and learn from it.

“It’s easy to point fingers, blame others in these situations and get down by focusing on the negatives but it’s about looking at yourself and improving and learning from these things. You have to use these things and these situations to strengthen yourselves and us a team and that is what we need to do.

“Our aim is to be up at the top of the table challenging and to do that we need to beat the teams expected to be up there with us, so anything less than a win is a disappointment, but especially when we take nothing from a game like Saturday. So, we have to all go away and look at ourselves and what we can do better to help the team be successful.”

Cammy feels it was slackness which cost the side in the second half but does admit they weren’t happy at half time, despite being ahead  and they must now look ahead rather than back.

“We thought we played well in the first half although we still felt we could have been better, so we went out hoping to improve on that and we didn’t do it at all.

“I think some slackness and switching off cost us in end so that is something we need to improve on. After their goal we didn’t push on and it’s something we need to make sure we work on and do better.

“We look forward now to the next game and we have to focus on doing better in that. It is a cup game against a side in the league above so it’ll be a hard test but one we look forward to and we will be working hard this week on improving our performance.”

The Jags number 16 wasn’t happy with his own performance but hopes to build on his first half assist.

“I was pleased with my assist, it’s always good to make a contribution to help the team. I thought my overall performance could have been better and I’ll work to try and do better next time.

“I was carrying a knock last week so missed out but was happy to get back into the team today and, although I feel I could have done more, hopefully I’ll have done enough to keep my place in the team for the game next week. I’m looking to try and improve every week and to do that it is vital that I continue to learn at every opportunity.”

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