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.