Partick Thistle can break Hearts

With The Jags playing Hearts at Firhill later today, assistant boss Scott Paterson says the squad can rise to the challenge and just need to tap into the spirit that gained them promotion last year.

The Firhill squad are just two points ahead of 11th-placed St Mirren as they battle to avoid the fight to avoid the play off spot.

Assistant boss Scott Patterson says the lessons learnt last year can be put into practice once again as they scrap for survival.

Speaking ahead of today’s clash against the Jambos - who will be relegated themselves if they fail to win at Firhill or if St Mirren gain a point at home to Motherwell, “Last season the boys were expected to win every game because we got off to a good start and built from there. We were top of the league and every Saturday or midweek, we had pressure on us to get the points.”

However he added that this season would be totally different adding that the boys had to learn to react differently after going four or five matches without a win.

He added: “We had a nervy run in last season and it will be the same this time, except it’s at the opposite end of the table. But the nerves will be the same and there are lessons we can use this time.”