Arch: We know we can beat the Bairns

WITH Partick Thistle facing Falkirk tomorrow in their second league game of the season the squad are set for another challenging game, said Alan Archibald.

The defender insists all the lads in the squad are well aware of the task ahead of them because they had faced the team seven times last year in either league or cup games.

Now in his second spell at the club, Archibald (33) said the squad knew they shouldn’t have lost their opeing game against Dundee and it is a disappointment they will just have to forget after the controversial penalty decision in the dying minutes.

Thistle will be keen to get back to league action tomorrow and put this and their Ramsdens Challenge Cup defeat against Hamilton Accies on Tuesday - also down to a dodgy penalty decision - behind them.

Archibald said: “Falkirk are a good side but we are playing much better and I know we can take the game to them.

“We had the lion’s share of possession last week against Dundee and if we can replicate that we will have a good chance of coming away from Falkirk Stadium with the points,”

He added that they were keen not to repeat the bad start they made to last year which resulted in the Jags stuggling just to keep in the top half of the league as the campaign came to a close.

He said: “We need a good confidence boost. Training is going well and we are playing well. Jackie has put his mark on the squad and we just need to deliver now.”

As far as injuries are concerned Archibald said Willie Kinniburgh and Kris Doolan picked up some ‘knocks’ but was confident they’d be fit for the Falkirk game, adding: “Willie had to go off after he knocked his hip joints and I’m not sure what happened to Kris, but I’d be very surprised if they weren’t playing tomorrow.”