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THE LAST WORD: Shea Gordon

Shea Gordon knows Saturday’s Betfred Cup defeat to Ayr United wasn’t good enough.

The 2-0 defeat left Thistle hoping other results went our way for us to make it through to the next round and the midfielder knows we only had ourselves to blame for a nervous 24 hours.

Speaking to after the game, he said: “It wasn’t good enough, we didn’t perform, we didn’t play well at all.

“Perhaps the three games so far have been too easy, we’ve played some nice football but today was a wake up for us.”

Ayr took the lead after only five minutes and Thistle struggled to get back into the game before Ayr scored again in the second half. Gordon knows we have to be better.

“We lost the early goal and that knocked us, but we should go and rectify it after that and we didn’t do that. We can’t hide after we go behind, you have to go out and take control of the game and get yourselves back into it and we didn’t do that. “

The loss meanst a Hearts win by anything less than a four goal margin would have sent Thistle out the competition and that disappoints Shea.

“We’ve left it out of our hands, we had to hope we’ve done enough but if we haven’t then it’s all our own fault, we had the chance to make sure we went though and didn’t do enough. Thankfully the result went for us and we have an exciting tie to look forward to in the next round.”

Next up is the League campaign starting, with Ayr the opposition again in league business. Shea knows things have to be better next week

“It’s obviously a knock to us today but we start the league next week and we have to get ourselves back up for that and it’s vital we start the league season well.

“We are back in tomorrow to work as hard as we can, we have to work as hard as we possibly can because it wasn’t good enough today, we can’t play like that again.”

The Thistle number 14 knows it’s important to go out and be better.

“We have another chance against them in the league next week. That’s our chance to go out and put things right. We were too nice to them, we let them walk all over us and we can’t do that. We have to go out and change that next week.”

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