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Blair Spittal was left ruing a missed opportunity on Saturday after Thistle were unable to take all three points against Alloa Athletic. Despite a determined performance in horrendous weather conditions it was only to be a point for the Jags and while Thistle’s number seven always looks for the positives he was disappointed not to take the win.

Speaking to after the match he said: “We are disappointed. After last week’s performance we wanted to go and build on that, to win more games. We haven’t managed to do that.

“We have to take the positives, we scored twice, and we looked a threat and we have to continue to build on that side of things.

“Having said that we really should be taking three points from these games and we’ve not been good enough to do that today.”

It was extremely cold and wet at The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill. While the conditions were less than ideal for football, Spittal refused to blame them though.

“The conditions weren’t good and it was tough but it was the same for both teams. We have to manage that better and take better care of the ball. We’ve got ourselves in a good position twice and let them back into it both times, we didn’t play as well as we know we can, particularly after the second goal and that was disappointing.

“The conditions were very challenging and it was hard to play in. It was slippy and you could see the ball was holding up sometimes. However we can’t blame that, both teams played on the same pitch and we have to come away with three points.”

It was another point on the board for Thistle and Blair was taking some positives away from the game after scoring for the second week in a row.

“I’m playing in a slightly different position but I’m enjoying it. I’m enjoying playing in there with Banzo.  I’m happy to get another goal, the manager has wanted that from me and I’m happy to be contributing. I got lucky after the poor free kick and I just had to make sure I kept it low and on target and it went through the crowd of bodies.

“It’s important in those situations when it comes to you not to lose your concentration and end up putting it over the bar. Fortunately I’ve been able to do that in the last two games.”

With another tough match coming up, against Ross County, Spittal knows they face another difficult 90 minutes but he insists his side are more than up to the challenge.

“We know we have a tough game next week and we will go away and get ourselves ready for that one. You want to play in the big games so everyone is keen to build on the four points we have earned in the last two games and we will be working hard to make sure we do just that.”

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