Partick Thistle hope to party like it’s 1971

09/04/2011'FHS - IRN BRU FIRST DIVISION, PARTICK THISTLE FC v FALKIRK FC'Partick Thistle manager Jackie McNamara

09/04/2011'FHS - IRN BRU FIRST DIVISION, PARTICK THISTLE FC v FALKIRK FC'Partick Thistle manager Jackie McNamara

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PARTICK ThisTLE are hoping to make history on Sunday afternoon and win a place in their first cup final for more than forty years.

Manager Jackie McNamara said the squad has really gelled this season and hopes to their winning attitude will hold them in good stead at Central Park when they take on Cowdenbeath in the semi-final of the Ramsdens Cup.

McNamara said: “There is no doubt this will be a challenge for the boys and it will be the first chance the lads have had to play in a final.

“But there is every sign that we can go and win, but it’ll be a tricky venue.

“The pitch is quite small and not the most glamorous of places. It will be a battle and very physical but if we can remain focused and concentrate on the job in hand and not make any silly mistakes,”

The silly mistakes McNamara was referring to concerned their 3-1 defeat to Morton last week.

This ended Thistle’s run of seven league outings without suffering a defeat.

McNamara said: “We need to learn the lessons from this. We lost two goals to set piece corners towards the end of each half and it was very frustrating.

“Playing with 10 men didn’t help either, but we had our chances too, but just didn’t get a break.”

Although Thistle are currently riding high in the league, sitting in second place, and Cowdenbeath are mid-table, McNamara said: “Cowdenbeath started the season quite well and are well organised.

“They will not be a push-over but if the boys play like I know they can, we can make a wee bit of history.”

If Thistle beat Cowdenbeath they will face the winner of the clash between Queen of the South and Arbroath in the final on April 7 next year.

If the Jags progress to the final, it will be their first since their historic 4-1 win over a superstar-studded Celtic side in the League Cup in 1971.

Kick-off on Sunday is 4.04pm and fans can watch it live on BBC Alba, starting at 4pm.