SPL-chasing Partick Thistle play Hamilton Accies

Partick Thistle. Alan Archibald  5.8.10 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Partick Thistle. Alan Archibald 5.8.10 Picture by Jamie Forbes

PARTICK Thistle need to concentrate on their own performances and not worry about promotion rivals Morton as they chase the number one spot in the league.

That was the message from stand-in manager Alan Archibald, as the Jags faced another frustrating call-off on Tuesday against Raith Rovers, due to a frozen pitch at Stark’s Park.

Archibald said: “Following our 3-0 win over Dumbarton last week, it would have been great to bring some of this momentum to Stark’s Park, but the game was called off because of a frozen pitch.”

The Jags boss said there was no firm date for the re-arranged match, but reckoned: “It could be the week before the Ramsdens Cup Final, on Sunday, April 7.

“This is not ideal, but we will have to deal with it.”

If Thistle had played on Tuesday night and beaten Raith they would have gone top of the league.

At the moment they are on 53 points – two points behind Morton, and have two games in hand.

Archibald added: “We just need to knuckle down and turn games into points.

“It is no good wondering how Morton are doing, we just need to concentrate on winning our remaining games.”

On Saturday Thistle travel to New Douglas Park to play Hamilton Accies, who beat Morton last week 2-1.

Morton also play on Saturday, travelling to Dumbarton, and if they lose and Thistle win, the Firhill outfit will be back at the top of the league.

Commenting on Thistle’s match this Saturday, Archibald said: “It is going to be a tight game.

“We beat them last time we met, but it was only by one goal. They don’t tend to be high scoring games.”

On the injury front Paul Paton is stuggling for Saturday’s clash with Accies.