Thistle are up for it in massive cup clash

partick thistle, photo emma mitchell'2011/2012'simon donnelly
partick thistle, photo emma mitchell'2011/2012'simon donnelly

CONFIDENCE is the name of the game for Partick Thistle going into this Saturday’s massive cup clash against Dunfermline.

After bouncing back from a bad result against Hamilton a couple of week’s ago, the Jags put in a confident performance to beat an on-form Livingston side at Firhill last week.

It’s the second time this season that Thistle have come back from the disappointment of defeat to

return to the winning trail.

And that confidence boost is going to be vital this Saturday, says assistant manager Simon Donnelly.

He has urged as many fans as possible to get along to Firhill and add to what is bound to be an electric atmosphere.

Donnelly said: “Saturday’s match will be a massive game for us.

“Winning last Saturday has given us a lot of confidence going into this game.”

The omens look good with Thistle unbeaten at home this season.

Allied to that, the Jags thrashed Dunfermline 5-1 when they met on league business on November 10.

However, Donnelly sounded a note of caution, suggesting that Dunfermline had recovered.

He said: “They are up there with us on the same points in the league and even though it will be at home, it’s going to be a tough game.”

There is no doubt though that the Jags are riding the crest of a winning wave at the moment and hopes are high that it could lead to the league title.

However, Donnelly refused to be drawn into such speculation and would only say: “We have got to keep this winning form going.

“I’m not looking too far ahead. December will be an important month for us as we have a number of important games.”

On the player availability front Paul Paton still has one more match suspension to serve and Steven Craig’s hip problem may rule him out of the cup game, although a final decision will be made on Friday.

Meanwhile, Sean Welsh is probably two to three weeks away from playing, following a ligament injury to his ankle in training a couple of weeks ago.

n Thistle netted twice in Saturday’s win over Livingston in the First Division.

Ross Forbes’ free-kick just in from the left-hand touchline was met by Aaron Sinclair, whose header found the back of the net on 54 minutes.

Nine minutes later, Stuart Bannigan collected the ball at the edge of the Livingston penalty area and, with his right foot, lifted the ball over McNeil and into the back of the net.

However, the two goals proved enough to secure victory.

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DYNAMIC DUO . . . Thistle management Simon Donnelly and Jackie McNamara.