PARTICK Thistle’s Simon Donnelly believes his players will show the rest of the First Division their true worth as they look to recover from Friday’s defeat at Hamilton.
The Jags’ assistant manager watched in frustration as his team endured only their second loss of the league campaign.
However, both he and manager Jackie McNamara refused to criticise the squad on the back of one poor result.
In fact, the Jags have made a stellar start to the season and remain top of the table on goal difference.
Losing at New Douglas Park may well have taken the shine of their recent purple patch, but Donnelly insists a show of resilience will re-ignite their push for the First Division title.
He said: “The sign of a team that wants to go on and challenge at the top is one that can bounce back. They did that after the last setback and they’ll need to do it again.
“Friday’s result was a sore one because we wanted to keep the run going, but the players have been great this season and we can’t criticise any with the way that we have started the season.”
Thistle return to welcome home surroundings this weekend as they welcome fifth-placed Livingston to Firhill.
Equipped with a flawless home record, and with a point now to prove, Partick will likely be firm favourites for this Saturday’s clash.
One man set to miss out, however, is Paul Paton – who may face a lengthy suspension after receiving a red card for violent conduct against Hamilton.
Donnelly insists his side will demonstrate their strength in depth while perhaps increasing the pressure on first team players.
He said: “Suspensions are just something we have to live with. Paul has been great for us this season but again that’s an opportunity for someone to come in now.
“We were without three starting players against Dunfermline and those guys who came in went out there and got the result.
“Now it will be someone else’s chance to come in and do the same.”
Meanwhile, Partick are offering a number of ticket packages which can be used for any of Thistle’s remaining league games this season.
Deals available are for three, five, seven and nine-ticket packages, starting at £45 for adults and £30 for concessions.
Supporters who purchased the nine-match package, priced at £130 (£90), will be guaranteed two seats at next year’s Ramsden Cup Final.
Tickets can be obtained in person at the stadium, online at www.ptfc.co.uk or by calling 0871 402 1971.