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Alan Archibald: “We’re positive, we’re in a good frame of mind and we’re looking up”

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Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald was confident that his side can stay in the SPFL Premiership after his side drew one all at home to play-off rivals St Mirren.

Speaking after the match, Archibald felt his side could have gone on to get all three points:

“I felt we could have nicked it in the end there. It was an even contest, we had spells and they had spells in the game but I thought we were going to nick it in the end. We had a spell of pressure at the end there were we could have stolen it.”

Substitute, Lyle Taylor came on with twenty minutes remaining and nearly managed to score the winner in injury time. Archibald added:

“I thought (Lyle) Taylor was good when he came on, he gave us fresh legs and he is a threat all the time. Like I said I thought it was going to drop in.”

The Jags now find themselves in ninth place on 34 points, however Archibald knows his side could still go down:

“We know the situation, myself and Danny would have loved to have won tonight and relax tomorrow. The positive thing is we’ve taken a point and it’s vital when the split happens to get something from every single game.”

Partick had taken the lead through Kris Doolan on 26 minutes but Saints managed to equalise through a controversial Kenny McLean penalty. Archibald felt it was a soft decision:

“I thought it was soft, a very soft penalty, although I’ve seen them given and I’ve seen them not given. For us it depends what ref you get.

“I think the first five or ten minutes St Mirren dominated, then we got into the game and were dominating then they got a few minutes at the end of the half which led to the penalty. But no it was a soft penalty.”

Goal-scorer was given the man of the match award on the night, but it was Englishman Kallum Higginbotham who impressed Archibald:

“I think Higginbotham had a thing between his teeth tonight, he had the hunger and desire. He put in a great cross and it was a great header from Doolan.”

In the end both sides were unable to find a winner in the second-half, Archibald felt the penalty just before half-time was crucial. He added:

“It’s just one of these things, we wanted to see the half out and it was very close and they had a couple of chances which we failed to clear our lines and that turned out to be the difference.

“I think it affected us in the second half. The boy’s heads went down because they put a lot into that half. We also lost Prince Buaben to injury as well and I think that affected us for the first fifteen minutes of the second half. To be fair to the lads, they seen out St Mirren’s spell and got back into the game.”

Archibald and his team will now have the rest of the weekend off to watch the rest of the bottom six battle it out before they take on Hibernian next Saturday. Archibald though is in a positive frame of mind:

“We’re positive, we’re in a good frame of mind and we’re looking up the way and looking to win every game. That’s all we can do, the boys are confident.”

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