Partick Thistle on track for new season after latest friendly win

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Partick Thistle continued their pre-season friendly matches with a 3-1 away victory over Northern Ireland outfit Glentoran.

After the game on Sunday manager Alan Archibald said it had been a hard fought win and was good preparating for start of the new SPL season in two weeks time.

He said: “It was a good work out against a very physical team. When you come to Ireland you know what you’re going to get in that respect. In a lot of ways it’s very similar to the Scottish game so it’s good preparation for the boys and it was good for us to get the result in the end.”

Although the manager thought some of the challenges were a ‘bit over the top’ he felt the Thistle squad conducted themselves well.

He continued: “I thought our lads conducted themselves well and thankfully nobody got injured.

Fitness in the team is good and the match sharpness is starting to return.

“I’m not a big fan of pre-season games to be honest. I always think there’s a chance you can worry too much about getting everyone enough game time and often the matches get a bit disjointed and it stops the team getting into a pattern.”

But having focussed on fitness Archibald will be changing things a bit in the run up to the new season, focusing more on the team’s technical levels.

He said: “The training schedule will change a bit now and we’ll start concentrating on different things. That’s us at the end of a four week period of concentrating on fitness and we’ll now go into two weeks of more technical stuff, all very football based.”

“We’ll be ready for the start of the season and that’s the main thing.”