Home is where the points are for determined Thistle

partick thistle, photo emma mitchell'2011/2012'simon donnelly
partick thistle, photo emma mitchell'2011/2012'simon donnelly

CONFIDENCE is flowing again among the ranks of the Partick Thistle players and assistant manager Simon Donnelly is determined to keep up the good work when The Jags face Cowdenbeath at home this Saturday.

Victory over sixth-placed Falkirk last week put Thistle back into second place, five points behind league leaders Morton.

Donnelly said: “Before Saturday’s game we went four games without a win and this can be bad for the confidence of the squad.

“We had chances in these game, but could not turn these chances into goals.”

Donnelly said the main difference in last week’s game was that the squad did not just create scoring opportunities – they capitalised on them.

He added: “The boys took the chances and we are now hoping to build on this win with another home game against Cowdenbeath.”

The fact that Thistle are at Firhill this weekend is good news as the club have an impressive record.

In the 10 home league games since the beginning of the season, Thistle have only lost one match – when they were beaten 2-1 by Morton on Boxing Day. Apart from they have won every game.

Donnelly said: “Our home record is impressive and we aim to keep it that way.

“We may still be five points behind Morton, but we are aiming to come away from Saturday’s game with the three points.

“There is still a lot to play for and we will be looking to focus on each game and not look too far ahead.”

On the player front it looks like Donnelly and manager Jackie McNamara will have almost a full squad to chose from.

Christie Elliot is back from loan to Albion Rovers, but Aaron Muirhead and Stephen O’Donnell are still out.

Meanwhile the club’s Community Ladies football team are looking for new players for their senior ladies team – which means anyone over the age of 16.

Open trials are being held at the Firhill Complex on Sunday, February 10, and all are welcome to go along and showcase their skills.

In addition, Partick Thistle are also looking for the stars of the future and every week they hold football classes at Firhill for kids aged from five to 12.

On Sunday it’s football fun and games for five to eight-year-olds between 10-11am.

On Monday evenings, between 5-6pm, there’s more of the same for eight to 12-year-olds.

You can turn up on the day and register or e-mail community@ptfc.co.uk. Alternatively call the club on 0871 402 1971.

WINNING WAYS . . . Assistant manager Simon Donnelly is determined to help the team win.