Poor Stuff at Firhill

Last updated : 07 December 2003 By Firparkcorner

For the first game in ten Terry Butcher was forced to make a change to the starting line up. Craig suffered a “freak” injury to his knee on Saturday and will be scanned on Monday. Burns replaced him and lead with Clarkson up front but the partnership failed to gel and the strikers suffered from the same lethargy as the rest of the team.

Heads up in the box!
In a dreadful fist half there was only one ‘Well move of note and that came shortly before the break. Marshall threw wide to Pearson and he set off on a rare run. Level with the box he sent a cross-field pass to Lasley who released Clarkson into the box for a shot which Arthur parried for a corner.

Thistle had the better efforts but although they had several half chances they did not seem to hold much of a goal threat. All square at the break and the meagre crowd of just over four thousand hoped for some excitement after the restart.

We probably started the half the better team. At least there appeared to be some urgency and determination in our play. Passes still went awry and poor control remained but there were signs of hope.

Just short of the hour Thistle got the winner. Uncertain defending saw the ball fly about just outside the box and it fell to McBride. The ‘Well fans at the opposite end of the ground could see that the ball was net bound as it left his foot. Marshall was probably unsighted and the ball found the corner to his right.

We picked up the pace again but, in truth, we never looked like pulling the game back. Thistle, seeing a long sought victory within their reach, began to fight, struggle and compete for every ball. (You may remember that we played like that earlier in the season!). Dair replaced Leitch and later Wright came on for Partridge as we through caution to the wind.

Our chances came but no goal. Good work by Burns on the right wing set up Corrigan who cut the ball back from the dead ball line to Adams, unmarked inside the box. He elected to take a touch before shooting but poor control allowed the chance to vanish.

Later Clarkson was on the end of a square ball along the six yard line but he seemed to miss the ball and again the chance was gone.

Terry said before the game that we were keen ‘to get back to winning ways’. That was not evident in the performance. After last week’s defeat at Kilmarnock he said we ‘had a bad day at the office’. One more poor show like this and we will be in the run of bad form. Thank goodness we have twenty points in the bag already!