Deadly Doolan can help us make Firhill a fortress

OUR home record has proven to be a great frustration for us this season.

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Former Junior player Kris Doolan has shown he can more than hold his own in top flight
Former Junior player Kris Doolan has shown he can more than hold his own in top flight

Firhill for thrills has turned into Firhill for spills.

It is strange because last season, in the former First Division, we had such a solid record at home and hoped very much to carry that on in the SPFL Premiership - but with three draws, four defeats and no wins, that has not proven to be the case.

When I look back at some of our matches, we have come so close on so many occasions - against Hearts, Hibs and Kilmarnock.

Even against St Mirren in our last home league game, I would say we dominated the game for 80 minutes but were punished very severely in the 10 minutes we lost control.

Now, with St Johnstone coming to Firhill, we have the chance to finally get off the mark at home, and there is a real determination to get that all- important home win and repay our great support for their loyalty and backing.

That will not be easy as St Johnstone are a well-organised side full of solid Premiership performers who know exactly what is required to get the job done at the top level in Scotland.

In the first game we had with the Perth side, we took the lead early through Kris Doolan but unfortunately we were not able to hold on to it and were pegged back for the draw.

Kris has been a really important player for us and I was delighted to see him pop up with a goal at Hibs.

He is a model professional who gives everything on the training ground and works his socks off during games.

Right now, with the way we set up, particularly away from home, he is having to do an awful lot of thankless work on his own, but he does it relentlessly.

He is our top scorer this season with six goals so far and it is amazing to think he was plucked from the Juniors, just like Chris Erskine, by our former boss Ian McCall, who deserves great credit for having such an eye for talent.

It shows that good players are out there if you know where to look for them. Hopefully Kris can continue to pop up with invaluable goals for us, like the one he got at Easter Road.

I think reaching double figures in his first season in the Premiership would be a great return.

As a team, we have had a few days to put our draw at Hibs into perspective. It felt more like a defeat than a draw because of their last-minute equaliser, but the time that has passed has allowed us to take the positives from the performance.

If someone had said to me we would take a point from the game before it, then I would have said that would be a solid result.

I thought we defended really well and at one up had a chance to kill the game - but unfortunately we failed to take it.

Although we were frustrated not to get the win, we will go into the St Johnstone fixture with our self-belief intact.

Obviously the festive card is not far away now and it would be great to get the victory we need on Saturday and start to build some momentum.

We are under no illusions about how important it is to start winning at Firhill and we will give our very best to do that against St Johnstone.


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