Partick Thistle pay the price for a poor first half

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It was not Thistle’s day on Saturday when they were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by two first half strikes by Marley Watkins and Greg Tansey.

Watkins opened the scoring on 16 minutes with a drive across goal after running rings around the Partick Thistle defence in the first half.

The home back line was suspect once more when they gave up possession to Tansey and he shot low into the box in the 27th minute to go two up.

Substitute Lyle Taylor pulled a goal back for Partick Thistle in the 67th minute but the visitors held firm to book their place in the cup quarter-final round.

Jags manager Alan Archibald was disappointed with the performance of his players, especially in the first half.

He said: “It was terrible, and probably one of the worst I’ve ever seen from our boys. We struggled to win any of the one-on-one battles anywhere on the park and hats off to Inverness, they were very very good and deserved the win.”

But he did reserve praise for the fans, adding, “Our fans were great today. They stuck by us in the first half and got behind us in the second. We’ve got to thank them for that because it couldn’t have been great viewing.”

And on Taylor Archibald said: “Lyle gave us a real lift when he came on for the second 45. We had to do something at the break and he gave us something different. He came on and got at the back four, as soon as he started to run at them you could see there was the possibility that he could hurt them.

“The goal really got us going but, at the end of the day, we didn’t quite do enough to get us over that line. There’s no doubt there was an improvement after the break but it couldn’t have been much worse.”