We can beat the Buddies, now let's bust home jinx

WHEN myself and Alan Archibald came in to the club last year, we knew we had to rectify our away form if Thistle were going to win the title.

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Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald and assistant Scott Paterson
Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald and assistant Scott Paterson

We managed to do that and now, one year on, it is our home form that needs fixed.

After losing to St Johnstone on Tuesday night, we are still looking for our first Premiership win at Firhill this season, but it will come for us.

This afternoon we are at St Mirren looking for a repeat performance and repeat result from our last trip to Paisley in August when we won 2-1.

It was a really good win and we played well in the game at Firhill too, but lost 3-0.

Danny Lennon has added to his squad by bringing in Adam Campbell from Newcastle and Gregg Wylde from Aberdeen and they have certainly shaped up better recently.

It will be tough for us but we are going with confidence ­because we have done well away from home this season.Danny has done a really good job there and has picked up since being under a bit of pressure a few months ago.

It just shows you what a few wins can do for the fans, the players and the club.

It gives you the impetus to kick on and hopefully we can do the same, starting with the game at St Mirren Park today.

Myself and Alan are pleased with the way the team has been performing overall this season but, of course, there are games where we haven't been good enough. You have got to be realistic. I don't know what fans or the media were expecting from us this season, to be honest.

We are a team that has just come up from the First Division and we have performed well and given a really good account of ourselves.

We have dominated a lot of games and teams are coming to Firhill and sitting in against us, which is a compliment to our players.

Our remit is to stay in the Premiership. If we do that by finishing tenth, great. If we do it through the play-offs, great.

That is not being negative, it is just being realistic.

We should be sitting higher up the table but there will be a lot of managers saying that.

We are as frustrated as everyone else. We can see the effort players put in but they aren't getting the rewards.

We can't sit here and feel sorry for ourselves: that won't keep you in this league.

There is still a long way to go this season and we are confident we will stay up.


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