Partick Thistle are up for the cup

P.Thistle VS St.Mirren - Firhill- Goal Scorer Nathan Eccleston'23rd September 2014
P.Thistle VS St.Mirren - Firhill- Goal Scorer Nathan Eccleston'23rd September 2014

Alan Archibald says there is no reason why his side cannot emulate fellow Premiership clubs and seal their place in a cup final this season.

The Partick manager watched the likes of St Johnstone, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee United contest last season’s showpiece competitions and has set his sights on trip to Hampden this year.

Speaking after Tuesday night’s victory over St Mirren in the League Cup, Archibald argued home advantage will be pivotal in hopes for silverware this term.

The gaffer said: “In the Premiership now, anyone can beat anybody on their day.

“Obviously there are a couple of teams still in there outwith the Premiership, but I think, especially if you get a home tie, there is nothing to say you can’t continue in the cup.

“It has given us great encouragement in the last few years with different teams getting to the final, and winning it.”

The Jags were assured of their place in the last eight of the League Cup thanks to an extra-time strike from new signing Nathan Eccleston, who climbed off the bench on Tuesday to seal the victory.

Archibald said: “It’s great to see Nathan get off the mark so fast. We are delighted for him and I think he will take great confidence from the game.

“He is not match fit by any manner of means, but he will take great confidence from the game.”