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Roy hoping for cup progress

Ally Roy is looking forward to getting Thistle’s Scottish Cup campaign off to a winning start at The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill. Stranraer are the visitors as Thistle look to progress to the next round of the famous competition. Ally, recently signed during the January window, is looking forward to his first taste of the Scottish Cup in Red and Yellow.

Speaking to he said: “Scottish Cup day is always special, it’s a competition everyone enjoys playing in. It’s the biggest cup in Scotland, you always want to play in it. We go into Saturday looking to get the win and get through to the next round and then we’ll see where that takes us.

“We know it’s a match we are expected to win but you can’t underestimate anyone in football. If you give even 10% less in these games than you would if you are playing a bigger team then you can get caught out. So we have to give it everything and make sure we do enough to win the game.”

While the match gives Thistle a good chance to progress, Roy feels it’s important to the league campaign too.

“It’s a break from the league but it remains our main focus. The cup offers something different which can provide a bit of buzz and excitement which you can then take into the league. It’s important to win on Saturday to progress to the next round but it’s important to build momentum too. If you win on Saturday it gives you a confidence booster heading into the league matches which are coming up and that will be really important.”

Ally has featured in the last two games off the bench and he admits he is enjoying life at the Club so far.

“I’m really enjoying my time here so far. I’ve come in after the break having left Ireland and it’s good to get back training and playing regularly again.

“I’m looking to do all I can for the club and to help move us up the table and out of the position we find ourselves in just now. I know I’m not going to just walk into the team, you’ve got to earn your place. I wasn’t going to come here and just take someone’s place, you’ve got to earn the right to play, and that’s up to me now. I’m going to work hard in training and, when I do get a chance, play well enough to keep the jersey.

“We’ve probably been unlucky not to get more from the games I’ve featured in so far, we’ve done well in both and deserved more from the points that we’ve got. Ultimately that means nothing though, all that matters is the points on the board.

“I got a bit of time in both games but didn’t have the chance to make a difference in either games. That being said though, whenever I do get the opportunity I’ll be looking to play my part in coming away with a victory every time.”

The young striker is looking to learn off more experienced players in the team, including Kris Doolan.

“Playing with a player like Kris is huge for a young player like myself. He’s got all those goals, he’s played at a high level for a long time and it’s great to watch him in training and see what he does. I try and take tips from him and add them to your game, it can only make me a better player at the end of the day and that is my aim.”

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