Lyle: Team me up with Dools and you have the tools to beat play-offs

Lyle Taylor today pleaded with Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald to give his fledgling strike partnership with Kris Doolan a chance.

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Gary Fraser wheels away to celebrate the second-half equaliser that earned Partick Thistle a share of the points against Dundee united
Gary Fraser wheels away to celebrate the second-half equaliser that earned Partick Thistle a share of the points against Dundee united

The Jags' hard-fought 1-1 draw with Dundee United may have extended the Maryhill men's winless sequence at home to 13 games, with seven drawn and six lost, but there were plenty of positives for Archie to take from the game.

Not least the promising double act of Taylor and Doolan after the latter was introduced at the hour mark and helped give the Partick attack much more menace.

And a hugely-impressive debut by transfer window signing Prince Buaben also bodes well for the Firhill side.

But Taylor is desperate to have his partnership with Doolan given an extended run and is confident it will supply the goal threat to take the Jags clear of the relegation play-off dogfight.

The Thistle striker said: "I'd love the chance to develop a partnership with Dools. We play in training every week in the young versus old game and we know we can make a good pairing and that we both have goals in us.

"So far since I came to Thistle we haven't had the chance to match-up but I hope we have shown enough for the gaffer to give us that chance.

"We need to be scoring more goals and it is a hard shift playing one up and you are not as threatening when you are going solo.

"We need to get away from the foot of the table and I am 100% sure Kris and I could get us clear."

Typically, Thistle started well and centre-back Conrad Balatoni hit a post before Taylor screwed wide after an almost Beckenbauer 60-yard run out of defence by Balatoni had set him up.

But with 28 minutes gone it was the visitors who opened the scoring, when a slaloming run from United full-back Andrew Robertson set-up Farid El Alagui with a simple tap-in.

However, Thistle re-grouped after the break and when Gary Fraser's diagonal drive deflected off John Rankin for the equaliser it was no more than the Firhill men deserved.

Frustrated by a hard-fought point, that perhaps should have been three, Thistle gaffer Alan Archibald was sure his men merited a share of the spoils at least.

He said: "I thought we had the better of the chances early on and were unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet.

"We knew the threat Dundee United posed on the counter and that was how their goal came. But the boys showed great character to come back. I did think we had a lot more threat about us when Kris Doolan came on and he did well.

"I was also very pleased with Prince Buaben's debut. Considering he hasn't played much football and has just had one training session with us he really came on to a game.

"When it came to Gary Fraser's goal maybe there was a bit of good fortune in it with the deflection, but it is that type of break we have been overdue.

"So we will take the point and look to build on it."


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