Jags’ assistant manager Paterson says ‘We want the league done and dusted’

Tuesday night’s goal-less draw against Raith Rovers was a disappointment, but it could have been worse.

That’s the view of Partick Thistle’s assistant manager Scott Paterson, who believes the team were lucky not to be three goals down after the first 25 minutes.

A dramatic conclusion to the Airdrie United match last weekend coupled with Morton losing at home to Dunfermline means that three points against Raith Rovers would have confirmed Thistle as this season’s First Division champions, but in the event they only managed the one.

Paterson said: “Yes it was really disappointing. The fact that there was a big turn-out to see us win the league was great, but to not score in some way let the fans down.

“But, looking on the bright side, one point will help us as we get ready to face Falkirk away on Saturday. We made a nervous start against Raith and in the first 20 to 25 minutes were very lucky not to be three goals down. But after that we dominated the remaining 70 minutes.”

And he added: “As well as disappointment there was a fair degree of frustration. But great credit to Raith they come here and gave us a good run for our money.”

The focus now is on beating Falkirk this Saturday.

Paterson said: “We are hoping to go there and win.

“We want this league done and dusted.

“Just one point will do it, but it would be so much nicer to go out on a high with a win.”

In other news Chris Erskine and Paul Paton have been linked with a move to Dundee United at the end of the season to join ex-Thistle manager Jackie McNamara.

Paterson said: “At the end of the day that is football. Players come and players go. We wish them well.”