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Thistle Sting Dundee With A Late Comeback

That was a hard one to take on Saturday.

One-nil up, playing good football and creating chances a plenty. Unfortunately, we could only convert one opportunity that fell into our path, even seeing a penalty saved by the Thistle goalkeeper.

Our front man Sofien Moussa missed a golden opportunity after Partick had drawn level. Shockingly, or not if you’ve seen him play recently, his fluffed, tame shot from six-yards out failed to hit the net and the keeper ended up making a fairly comfortable safe.

Then in typical fashion, Partick got forward and in the 92nd minute, smashing home the winner to make it 2-1 to the home team. Following Dundee all these years, it was a cruel twist in a match that we produced so much but kind of expected.

There’s no point on dwelling on this game now. No point wondering what if their keeper had seen red for his blatant take down on Leitch-Smith to give away the penalty. No point wondering if we would have won this comfortable if he put away the resulting spot kick. No point wondering if Moussa was more composed in front of goal would he have put away some of his chances. What’s done is done. Thistle have the points and that’s that.

Much like the Celtic defeat, we can take lots of positives from this match. Glenn Kamara continues to boss the midfield as does Lewis Spence. Both are putting in excellent shifts and have deservedly nailed down their place as being the first names on the team sheet each week. Another who impressed was another youngster, Jesse Curran.

The Australian has been put out on loan since he arrived a few years ago and he looked every inch a player in our team. It’s an exciting time for the young players that are in our team and fighting to push their way into the first team squad.

If we can play like we did on Saturday on Wednesday when Motherwell visit Dens Park, then that would be fantastic. If we can start putting the ball into the net more often then that will be even better!

I’m not sure of his fitness levels but I’d be pairing up Marcus Haber with Leitch-Smith upfront. Moussa’s confidence must be shot after some howlers the past few weeks so maybe a stint on the bench may not be a bad thing for the underperforming striker.

It will be a tough match with Motherwell this Wednesday. They are doing excellent in the league and on Sunday, reached the final of the League Cup after a 2-0 win over Rangers.

They will be flying and brimming with confidence and with Louis Moult on fire, very dangerous up front. We will have our work cut out with them but it’s still a winnable game…..for both teams.

Someone please just put the ball in the back of the net!


In the League Cup, our next opponents beat Rangers at Hampden on Saturday to set up a final with Celtic who took care of Hibernian 4-2 the previous day.

In the league, Ross County came from a goal behind to beat struggling Hamilton 2-1 in the highlands while Hearts added more misery to St Johnstone by inflicting their third defeat in a row with a 1-0 victory at Murrayfield.




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