Scott Paterson: Thistle look to get back on track with Easter Road win

WE are obviously going through a sticky patch at the moment, but we knew before the season started that this would happen at some point in the campaign.

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Jags boss Alan Archibald and assistant Scott Paterson are enjoying competing at the top level
Jags boss Alan Archibald and assistant Scott Paterson are enjoying competing at the top level

We have just come up from the First Division and come into a league that is new to most of the boys. We were expecting to hit a bad patch and it has come just now.

The good thing about football is that there is always another game and another chance to put things right and Saturday's fixture against Hibernian can't come quick enough for us. It is away from home and it will be a difficult game for us it is one that we are looking forward to.

Hibs are only a couple of points ahead of us and it is a chance for us to hopefully start moving back up the table again. Easter Road is a hard place to go and get a result. If we can come back with a point, great. If we can come away with a win, that would be even better.

We have got to go there with confidence. That is the only way we can approach games as we look to get over the form we are in at the moment and start putting points on the board again.

The Premiership is new for a lot of the players in the squad, but this season is also the first time that myself and Alan Archibald have been involved in management at this level. It is something new for us but we are enjoying it, it is great to be competing at this level.

It is frustrating for us just now because we can see the hard work that the players are putting in during the week but we are not getting the results at the moment.

Their work ethic and attitude is excellent and if they keep that up then things will turn for us. We said to them in the summer that this would happen. I don't know what people were expecting from us at the start of the season, to be honest.

People seem to forget the squad we have got, it is all new to them and most of the boys are playing in the top flight for the first time.

Everyone has got to be realistic. We are. Our aim is to stay in the division. If that happens on goal difference, fine.

As long as we are still in the Premiership next season, it will have been a good season for us. We know what is needed.

The boys are disappointed with how things have been going, but we are still in a good place, it is not as if we are detached from the rest.

We had a decent start and that has got us in the mix. We have had a bad spell, but we are confident that we will come out of it, hopefully starting on Saturday.

It is going to be a difficult game for us and we know what will greet us at Easter Road. We know how Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas like to set their teams up and the fact it's their first home game will give everyone around the place a lift.

We have to silence the crowd and look to do what we are good at. We are determined to come away with something from the game to get us back on track and give the fans something to cheer again.

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