Thistle boss Archiebald looking to make Firhill a fortress once more

02/02/13 IRN-BRU SFL DIV 1'DUNFERMLINE v PARTICK THISTLE'EAST END PARK - DUNFERMLINE'Interim Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald gives direction from the touchline.
02/02/13 IRN-BRU SFL DIV 1'DUNFERMLINE v PARTICK THISTLE'EAST END PARK - DUNFERMLINE'Interim Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald gives direction from the touchline.

Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald is determined to rebuild fortress Firhill after Aberdeen knocked down its walls.

The Jags gaffer said that after last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Aberdeen, his players needed to give 100 per cent every week or they would pay the price.

He said: “It was definitely an off-day for the players. At this level of football we need to give 100 per cent every week, but against Aberdeen six or seven players were not performing . We need at least eight or nine players every week performing at their best.

“That is what I am looking for this Saturday against Kilmarnock. We need to make it hard for visiting teams at Firhill and turn it into a fortress.”

However, the Jags boss singled out keeper Scott Fox, who was voted man of the match , for special praise.

Archibald said: “He did really well and was on form. If it had not been for some of his saves the damage inflicted by Aberdeen on us could have been a lot worse.”

On the injury front the only player who has a question mark hanging over him for this Saturday’s game is Conrad Balatoni.

Archibald said: “He picked up a hamstring injury in last Saturday’s game so I’m not sure if he will be fit to play. I’ll make a decision on Friday about it.”