Partick Thistle must take advantage of win over Queens

Partick Thistle must take advantage of win over Queens

By Cammy Anderson

Partick Thistle’s 3-2 win over Queen of the South at the weekend could be a sign of the Glasgow club turning their season around but for them to do so they must sort out a few other things.

 

The game got off to the worst possible start on Saturday as Stephen Dobbie scored on the fourth minute for his side, which was coincidentally the fourth separate game that Thistle had conceded within the first quarter of an hour in the Championship this season. In the three previous games this occurred, the Firhill club went on to lose each and every game and it would appear as if history was on its way to repeating itself once more.

 

However, Thistle legend Kris Doolan brought the score level just after the half hour mark before three more goals would be scored within the next ten minutes. Josh Todd put the visitors back ahead just two minutes later but a quickfire double from Blair Spittal soon after ensured Thistle went in at the break ahead. Alan Archibald’s side held firm and kept a hold of the result in the second half to secure their third win of the league campaign.

 

Having broken the duck of being unable to recover from an early goal, Thistle should now be looking to get themselves on a run of form.

 

 

A match away to struggling Dunfermline Athletic awaits next and they certainly have a good chance of getting a result based on the Pars’ recent poor form. With that being said, Thistle have struggled away from Firhill this term with all three of their losses coming away from home.

 

Dunfermline have meanwhile picked up just one point from nine at home in the league which is sure to encourage the Thistle side ahead of their trip to East End Park on Friday night.

 

Despite conceding the third least shots against in the league with 50 – an average of 9.51 per 90 mins – Thistle have conceded the second most goals across the division with 11, showing that the goalscoring opportunities they are granting opposition teams are far too good.

 

Moreover, they currently have the highest xGA (Expected goals against) rating across the league with 8.28, which is 1.45 higher than the league average of 6.83. Essentially, the Jags aren’t conceded a huge number of chances per game but when they do they leave themselves wide open.

 

 

Other Observations

 

– Csaba Laszlo is doing a good job of keeping the seemingly ever-present threat of being sacked at bay. The Hungarian manager has lead Dundee United to a five-game unbeaten run in the league since the opening day defeat to Dunfermline Athletic – the second best run in the league behind Inverness (six games). Since the loss to the Pars, the Arabs have three wins and two draws in league action, yet Lazlo still appears to remain an unpopular figure with many of the fans of the club.

 

– Dunfermline Athletic really need to start winning soon with Allan Johnston’s side still winless in the Championship since the aforementioned win over Dundee United.  As well as needing to pick up points, the Pars ought to start scoring more goals soon too with just three goals in five games since the 3-2 victory at Tannadice.

 

– The motley crew Ray McKinnon inherited from Paul Hartley at Falkirk seem to be completely out of their depth as their winless run in the Championship has now stretched to no less than six weeks. The Bairns are one of only two sides still without a point this season’s SPFL alongside Premiership outfit Dundee.

 

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