Partick Thistle hope to keep up winning ways against Hearts

Firhill - Partick Thistle Team'2013-2014 Manager Alan Archibald'Photo Emma Mitchell'14/8/13
Firhill - Partick Thistle Team'2013-2014 Manager Alan Archibald'Photo Emma Mitchell'14/8/13

Continuity has been the key to Partick Thistle’s encouragingly bright start in the top flight, reckons manager Alan Archibald.

The Jags put in a brilliant display at the weekend, dismantling Ross County in their Dingwall fortress - a venue which hasn’t given up points easily in the past few seasons.

That 3-1 win - a scoreline which flattered the Staggies - was achieved thanks to a backbone of players who won last year’s First Division trophy, not least goalscorers Kris Doolan and Steven Lawless.

And this, belives Archibald, has been the key to their good start - this team is simply carrying on the momentum of last term.

Archibald praised his team’s spirit, saying: “We were desperate to get a good start and we’ve kicked on from last season.

“The overall team performance was excellent. We worked hard in training on what we were going to do and how we were going to play.

“The team out there was more or less the team that won the league last year.

“They have done well at the start of the season but the new guys will get a start.”

And he issued a note of caution: “It will be a long season - we’ll get injuries and dips in form.”

As well as Saturday’s win at Ross County, the Jags took a point from Dundee United - helmed by former boss Jackie McNamara - in the opening league match.

They will now want to stretch their unbeaten run against troubled, points-docked Hearts at Firhill on Friday night.

While the team that won on Saturday will get a run out, others are waiting in the wings - and could feature against the Edinburgh side.

Amongst them are new signing, 24 year old striker Kallum Higginbotham.

The Salford born attacker has played previously played in Scotland with Falkirk and spent a loan spell with Motherwell last season.

He came on as a sub on Saturday, but is desperate for more meaningful action. He said: “I’m delighted to be a Partick Thistle player, it’s all been a bit whirlwind since I moved down to Huddersfield just over two years ago but I’m back in Scotland and I’m excited to be here and hopefully playing regularly.

“I still had a year left at Huddersfield and was told I wasn’t wanted so I’m glad I’ve found somewhere I’m wanted and will hopefully play regularly.

“I spoke to the manager and it’s a club on the up, that’s just promoted to the Premiership with a talented squad and he said I’d fit in to that.”

Kick-off on Friday is at 7.45pm.