Scott Paterson: Hurdling Hearts can jumpstart Jags' season

IT has been a long time coming but we finally got our fourth Premiership win of the season last Sunday with a 2-0 victory at Hearts.

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Stuart Bannigan's dismissal was the only low point to a fruitful afternoon in Edinburgh
Stuart Bannigan's dismissal was the only low point to a fruitful afternoon in Edinburgh

We were delighted to get the win and it was a result we really needed following a frustrating few weeks. It was a good performance and a different type of performance from us.

We were really professional and, as Alan Archibald stated, we have played a lot better and come away with nothing this season.

We scored the goals at good times and we kept our shape really well. The only disappointment was Stuart Bannigan's sending off but these things happen. The boys did well to keep a clean sheet and see the game out.

I am really pleased for the lads because they deserve to have a lot more points than what they have at the moment.

When you are in a run like we were, it can play on your mind. But I think the thing that has helped us has been the way we have been playing. The performances have been there and it would have been totally different if we hadn't been playing well.

The fact we have dominated teams has kept the players going and kept the belief there they are good players and a good team.

Nobody was hiding in games, they all still wanted to get on the ball and stick to their principles.

Sunday was a great day for them and they got what they deserved. Hopefully now we can kick on, it would be great to get back-to-back wins and go on a run.

I have never seen anything like what we have been going through. It is strange for a team to create so many chances, dominate so many games and not win any of them.

The boys had to remain positive throughout it and hopefully now we are back on track.

We know January is a massive month for us but it will be a tough one as we face the teams round about us in the Premiership table. We are all fighting for our lives.

We need to get our first home win in the league to get that monkey off our backs.

We have played some really good stuff at Firhill so far this season but not been able to get the win for whatever reason. The quicker we can put it to bed the better then everyone can stop talking about it and we can move on.

It is very frustrating because, apart from the Motherwell and Aberdeen games, we have been delighted with how the lads have been playing at home.

The Ross County game is our next chance to win at home and the boys are full of confidence going into it.

It will be really tough for us on Saturday. County have added a few players to their squad already this month and there might even be more coming in before they visit.

It shows you that they are not happy with how things have been going and they are looking to do something about it by strengthening their squad. They have picked up a couple of good results recently and will face us full of confidence.

The Thistle fans were terrific at Tynecastle last week and hopefully we can reward their support by getting another win and finally give the home crowd something to cheer about.


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