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Tiffoney relishing role in relentless red and yellow attack

Thistle were in scintillating form last Friday night as they ran out 6-1 winners against Hamilton Accies at the Fountain of Youth Stadium. As ever, Scott Tiffoney was central to the Jags’ attacking efforts, setting up two goals as well as scoring one of his own. That makes it three assists and a goal in the last two league games for the number seven and he’ll be hoping to continue that kind of form as Dunfermline visit Firhill this weekend. Tiffoney spoke to ahead of the league game against the Pars:

“It was a really enjoyable game for us last Friday night. I think all over the park, everyone played well and we know that when everyone’s on their game, we’re capable of doing what we did. Obviously, going forward we all linked up nicely and we’ve shown already this season that we’re capable of scoring plenty of goals like in the games against Morton and Ayr for example.

“I was really happy that I was able to contribute with a goal and a few good chances that I was able to create. Overall, you can’t ask for much more when you’ve won 6-1 on a Friday night on the tele so we were all delighted.”

Scott displayed his full range of tricks as he tormented the Hamilton defence during the second half last week but he says that’s something he tries to bring to every match.

“I didn’t approach that game any differently to any other one, to be honest. Every game I go into I feel confident that I can do the sort of things I was doing against Hamilton but, of course, sometimes it doesn’t pan out like that which can be because of a few reasons.

“Sometimes you’re up against a formation that makes it difficult to attack the opposition and they double up or even triple up on the wings but on Friday I kept getting a good amount of space and I was happy to be able to use that to bring us some goals.

“Our team is set up to allow the front players to go and be adventurous though which is part of why I’m enjoying my football so much at the moment. The gaffer doesn’t overcomplicate things with the tactics, he trusts in our ability to go and score goals and we were pleased to repay the confidence he showed in us with the win on Friday.”

Now Thistle start the second quarter of the season with a home game against Dunfermline and Tiffoney is expecting a really tough game from a team who have already won at Firhill this season, in the Premier Sports Cup.

“They’re a team with a lot of quality who have been lower down in the table than a lot of people expected early on but we can’t afford to underestimate them just because they’ve had a poor run to start the season. The league is still so tight at the moment and I don’t think you can go into any game taking it for granted. We’ll be focusing on ourselves and looking to carry the momentum from last Friday into this game.”

The win against Hamilton took Thistle back into the top four at the expense of Arbroath and Tiffoney is hopeful that the Jags can now continue the positive trend of the last two league fixtures.

“We’re now on five wins out of nine which we’re pretty happy with considering we’re a promoted team but we still feel we could have got more than when we look at the games individually. There’s still a long way to go though and we feel like we’re still in the mix near the top so if we can put a good run together now then hopefully we can get even further up the table.”

Finally, after a week of back and forth, it seems that Zak Rudden still hasn’t convinced Scott Tiffoney the opening goal from the game against Accies should belong to him.

“Zak’s still claiming it but I think Holty needs to get it! He’s sent him up the road to A&E to get about ten stitches in his head so there’s only on guy getting the goal for me!”

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We’ll have extended highlights and a full game replay of the fixture on JagZone following the game.

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