Semi Final - 24h on

Last updated : 20 April 2003 By Firparkcorner

Claret and Amber Ribbons
Sadly, our dreams were shattered. Rangers scored three goals, each of them more laughable from our point of view than the last, which carried them to victory. Throughout the ninety minutes we showed tenacity, skill, passion and flair but we also showed why we are bottom of the league. Giveaways in midfield, chronically bad defending and some outrageous bad luck all played a part in our downfall and while some will blame the ref, the fact is that we were good but not quite good enough.

The same mistakes that have stopped us being mid-table have stopped us taking a place in the cup final. But that should not be a cause for annoyance. We always knew that this season was going to be tough and that our players would make mistakes. As it happens, we have been blessed with the occasional wonderful performance that has raised expectations to a level that is far from realistic. Even being in with a chance of avoiding the drop at this stage of the season should be viewed as a bonus.

Hopefully the cup semi will give the players the boost in confidence they need going into the next six games. We have lost our last five in the league and another loss at Firhill will leave us in deep trouble. But having outplayed Rangers for long periods of the semi final, we should not be afraid of Thistle or anyone else in the coming weeks.

James McFadden is obviously our star player and it looks likely that he will leave in the summer. However, his performance and goal at Hampden will have put another few hundred grand on his transfer fee. Faddy will move onto bigger and brighter things but he might be the man who keeps us up this season. He is the best player in the bottom six and now is the time for him to step up and perform. If the defence concedes fewer goals than Faddy scores, we will be fine. It’ll be an interesting six weeks – this generation of ‘Well fans is not keen to add relegation pain to that of the semi final loss.