Keepers' union will unite as Gall takes Fox role

WE have decided not to appeal the red card that Scott Fox received in the game against Dundee last week.

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Partick Thistle feel Scott Fox's sending-off at Dundee last week was harsh but they will not appeal the decision
Partick Thistle feel Scott Fox's sending-off at Dundee last week was harsh but they will not appeal the decision

Looking at the incident, we still think it is soft but we just have to get on with it.

You can see that their player puts his arm out and Foxy puts his arm up. It is one of these silly things.

I think a booking would have been the right outcome but the referee decided otherwise and we have to deal it with it and move on now.

It is a disappointing situation for Scott, who got himself back fit after the injury he picked up on the final day last season, and was looking back to his best for us.

He started the game against Ross County and did really well but now finds himself back out of the team.

It will be frustrating for him but, from myself and Alan's point of view, that is why you have a good squad.

Paul Gallacher showed last year that he is a very good keeper and that is why we brought him to the club.

We knew that he would do a good job when called upon and he did that at Dens Park, coming on and saving a penalty straight away.

He is an excellent keeper and one we, and the players, know we can rely on.

As our goalie coach, he has brought Scott on and the two of them have a really good working relationship.

I am sure Foxy will be eager for Gall to do well. If he is doing well then hopefully the team is getting results.

The other player that had to come in to the side last Saturday was Dale Keenan. He came on early on after Jordan McMillan picked up a knock and did well for us.

Dale is still young but I think he has got a bright future in the game.

One of his big assets is that he can play a number of different positions. He is comfortable at centre-half, as a sitting midfielder and has shown that he can play left-back as well.

I was pleased for him last week, he did well at what is a tough place to play. He has shown that he can play at this level, he went in and settled in straight away.

Dale has come on leaps and bounds and he is one that is eager to get himself into the team this season.

When he is called upon, like the rest of the younger players in the squad, we know he can do a job for us.

Declan McDaid, David Wilson, Liam Lindsay and Chris Duggan are all there or there abouts and have stepped up to the plate this season. That has pleased myself and Alan.

You are always hopeful that you can bring players through and the young lads can make the step up.

A couple of them were close last year but they have looked the part this season and fitted in really well. We have no qualms about using them.

Having taken four points from our first two games, we host Hamilton this weekend as we look for our second home win of the season.

We have had them watched a couple of times and they have had a really good start, bouncing back from defeat to Inverness with good wins over St Mirren and St Johnstone.

They are an energetic team that like to get the ball down and play so it should be an entertaining game.

It is one we know that will be tough for us but the boys are playing well and are confident just now so hopefully we can get another three points.


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