Partick Thistle benefited from the new play off system in the SFL last season and moved up to Division One despite finishing fourth in Division Two. Some doubted whether they would be able to cope with a higher level but an excellent start to the season has seen them pick up seven points from three games. They will be looking at the match against us as a great chance to progress in the cup and their confidence will be sky high after the positive start in the league.
What a strip, what a haircut!
As for us, confidence couldn't be much lower, certainly amongst the fans at any rate. The players are still making the usual noises about just needing a break and continuing to work hard and perhaps they are a right. A good win, even against lower league opposition, could be the boost our season so desperately needs. With the proposed move for Calum Elliot imminent it will be interesting to see if Jim Hamilton is restored to the squad or if his departure, presumably to
Our record against Partick Thistle recently is fairly average in general and in the League Cup we have to go all the way back to 1985 for the last meeting between the sides. We won that encounter 1-0 at Fir Park with Alex Kennedy getting the winner. However we lost 6-1 at Easter Road in the next round!
Surely this is a match we can win, by some way or another, but the performance is probably just as important as the end result. For the sake of our season we need to show some organisation and determination and for once things will go smoothly in a 2-0 win.