PARTICK THISTLE boss Alan Archibald has stressed to his players they must concentrate fully in the Premiership dogfight with Dundee at Dens Park tonight.
The Jags have been conceding late goals this season and saw two points wrenched from their grasp at the weekend by Ross County when Chris Burke levelled deep into stoppage time.
Now the division’s bottom two clubs will go head to head tonight on Tayside and if the Jags lose they will slump to the foot of the table.
Archibald said: “We need to keep playing in the same way and, if we go in front, we should still be trying to win the game rather than dropping back to protect that lead.
“It might just take a couple of strong characters to drag everyone else forward.
“We’ve had a few of those games in recent weeks and not taken our chances. However, we can open up a wee gap between ourselves and Dundee and something has got to give in the other games, as well.
“So we’re well aware that we could move ourselves up a few places in the league.
“Of course, Dundee will be thinking exactly the same way. They know they can turn a horrible start to the season around in one game.
“We need to win it, though, and that’s all we’re concentrating on. Everyone is cutting each other’s throats at the moment. We saw on Saturday that there are such fine margins between winning and drawing.
“The difference for us is that, last year, we were winning the games against the teams around us in the table and, this season, we’ve been drawing them.
“It’s a massive difference, too, because – with the league being so tight – those two points are absolutely vital.”
Liam Lindsay is in the squad for tonight’s match after recovering well from a neck injury sustained in the draw against the Dingwall outfit while Chris Erskine should also be back in contention.