Lay-off will give Partick Thistle time to plot course for victory

pARTICK Thistle have a weekend off coming up - and the club’s management will use the break to come up with a masterplan to get the Jags back to winning ways.

They haven’t won, or even scored, since Boxing Day, and frustration levels amongst the support are building.

Thistle were meant to be in action against Ayr United on Saturday, but the match has been postponed as the Honest Men are set to take on Kilmarnock in the semi-final of the League Cup.

The team will get together this weekend to plot a way forward, after seeing their every effort in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Dundee come to nothing - due, largely, to the performance of former Celtic keeper Rab Douglas between the Tayside sticks.

Manager Jackie McNamara was absent as he was having a knee operation and assistant Simon Donnelly took charge.

He said: “In our last two games we didn’t carry much of a threat but, although we didn’t score, that wasn’t the case.We were creating opportunities, especially in the second half, and that was a plus. We had three good chances and nearly snatched a win right at the end.”

The lay-off will help players carrying knocks to recover, such as Paul Paton.

One man who will be missing when the Jags next play in an away fixture against Livingston on February 11 will be captain Alan Archibald, who is suspended.