Thistle manger has mixed feelings about international break

20-04-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Partick Thistle. Game finishes Falkirk 0 Thistle 2. Partick Thistle win the league. Thistle's first goal by Andy Dowie puts them in the lead. Alan Archibald.
20-04-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Partick Thistle. Game finishes Falkirk 0 Thistle 2. Partick Thistle win the league. Thistle's first goal by Andy Dowie puts them in the lead. Alan Archibald.

Alan Archibald says the international break is a mixed blessing as the squad are keen to crack on and target teams in the top half of the table.

But the Partick Thistle boss is also aware that the international break will allow a number of his key players the chance to recover following injury.

He said: “The boys had a good win at the weekend against St Mirren and I think if we had the choice we would like to build on this momentum, but it is not going to happen.”

On the upside he said: “The break will give some of the players time to recover.

“Sean Welsh got a bit of a knock last Saturday and it will be good to rest him up. Kallum Higginbotham is also not 100 percent match fit after surgery.”

Thistle are now seven points clear of second-bottom Buddies and Archibald is keen to now move up the league.

He added: “We are looking to climb the table and challenge those teams in the top half of the Premiership now. Our track record this season has been good, but where we have fallen down is due to lapses of concentration. I think we can build on our good result against St Mirren and crack on with the job in hand.”

Thistle’s next league game is at home to Aberdeen on Sunday November 23 and Archibald said they would be ready for them.