Partick Thistle looking to get back on track against Falkirk

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall believes Saturday’s crunch game with Falkirk could be the springboard for a promotion push.

Thursday, 5th November 2020, 7:52 am
Partick Thistle pair Ross Docherty and James Penrice are hoping to get back on track against Falkirk. (pic by Craig Black Photography)

Thistle fell six points behind early pace-setters Cove Rangers after being sunk by an injury-time winner in their head-to-head in Aberdeen on Saturday.

McCall knows that with a three-quarter-length season that’s a gap he doesn’t want to grow any larger, making the clash with Falkirk, sitting second and with designs of their own on promotion, all the more vital.

Thistle looked on course to end Cove’s 100% start to the season and head back down to Glasgow with a point, only for Rory McAllister to knock home the only goal of the game in the second minute of stoppage time following an error by Ross Docherty.

McCall admitted it was a hard one for Thistle to take .

He told the club website, ptfc.co.uk: “It was a horrible game for both teams.

“We didn’t look in any bother in the second half and dominated after half-time, with their keeper making a great save and then we saw one stopped on the line, and then they get a goal right at the end of the game because of a mistake.

“It’s a really sore one to take. Whether we deserved to win the game, I’m not sure, but if anyone did deserve to win, it was definitely us,but we didn’t and we have to move on.”

“We had been in control of things and we just gifted them a winner without them having to earn it or cut us open at all. Ross Docherty has put his hand up for the error but he was excellent apart from that.

“Overall, we just have to take it on the chin.

“I can’t remember them having a chance before the goal, to be honest, not a clear one anyway.

“If we come off with the draw, then you can say well done. The attitude was great because it wasn’t really a game of football but we then gift them a winner. Now, we have to regroup and get a win next weekend and then build a run from there.”