Partick Thistle Preview

Last updated : 05 December 2003 By Firparkcorner

A 'Well Cuddle at Firhill
But the current SPL table demonstrates that the gap is real. Thistle have a truly woeful record at Firhill. One draw from six starts and goals statistics of five scored versus fourteen conceded.

On the other hand, our away record looks impressive. Only the current leaders can better our figures showing four wins from seven. On paper the result would seem to be a foregone conclusion.

The banana skin has been prepared, can we avoid the fall? Thistle will be lead by the old heids of Britton and Whyte given the demise of Mr Collins. Will they raise their game in time honoured fashion and perform miracles for the new management team? I think not.

The shine has already been removed from the new bosses after the CIS cup defeat on Thursday. They failed to impress.

We have to go back to March 1996 to find a ‘Well league win at Firhill and there is no doubt that we have a great chance to remedy that sorry fact on Sunday.

The betting must be that the usual eleven suspects will start the match though both Dair and Burns will press for a place. It seems that Quinn took a knock at Kilmarnock and he will be rested.

Much will depend on the performance of the left hand side of the team. Both Hammell and Pearson were subbed at Rugby Park and they must know that a fully committed performance is needed. Terry will have had eight days to set the agenda while our opponents will have had four to recover from the cup defeat.

Everyone associated with the Mighty ‘Well will realise the pressure which piles up mercilessly on a team at the bottom of the SPL. Lady Luck smiles elsewhere, referees give dodgy penalties to the opposition, players get booked while arguing the toss over throw-ins and the heads go down as the team allows nerves to dispel any hope of flowing football.

In contrast we are in such a relatively strong position on the table that we have no need of nerves. The players can relax, enjoy the competition and take pleasure from yet another away win. 2-0 to the ‘Well.