Break will be good for Thistle says Doolan

Partick Thistle V Celtic (1-2)'Thistles Kris Doolan & Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre who was stretchered off in the second half.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Sun 27th Oct 2013.
Partick Thistle V Celtic (1-2)'Thistles Kris Doolan & Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre who was stretchered off in the second half.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Sun 27th Oct 2013.

Partick Thistle must use this Saturday’s break to reassess tactics and to steel themselves for the trials ahead as they try to avoid the play-offs.

So says striker Kris Doolan, who reckons this weekend’s lay-off - caused by Scottish Cup fixtures - is a God-send for the Jags.

The attacker, who opened the scoring against Hearts last Saturday in the Jags’ 4-2 defeat at Firhill, believes a week off competitive football will give the squad breathing space in the lead up to their next game - away to Kilmarnock on Saturday, April 19.

They then face St Mirren at home the following Friday and and then will have just three games left to avoid a dreaded relegation play-off battle.

Following Saturday’s defeat Thistle dropped to second bottom.

Doolan said: “The break is coming at a good time.

“It can always go one of two ways, we could have come away with a victory and want to get another game quickly but the way it’s gone we need to go away and regroup.

“We need to use the break to our advantage - get everyone back in training, get everyone’s spirits back up and go into the next game with a bit if confidence.

“The one thing I do know is that we need to be ready for some very important games.

“We know how massive every match is between now and the end of the season.”