ALAN ARCHIBALD has ordered his Partick Thistle players to remain focused as they walk the relegation tightrope.

The Jags boss saw his team crash to a crucial 1-0 loss against Motherwell at Firhill last night and they must avoid defeat when they face Dundee on Saturday.

The setback means the Maryhill side are almost certain to be in the bottom two and are just two points ahead of Ross County who also toppled 1-0 at home to Neil McCann’s Dens Park outfit.

Archibald warned that anything but complete concentration could allow the Highlanders to leapfrog them into the play-off place and send them into the Championship.

He said: “It’s in our hands. We know that, we have got to recover and go and get three points.”

A goal from Ryan Bowman ensured a win for the Cup Finalists at Firhill and Archibald added: “The performance was what we asked for in terms of the way we started the game. We created a couple of good opportunities, but you have to take them when you are on top.

“Motherwell came out better in the second-half. I thought we rode that storm, but we lost a goal from a set-play.

“It probably sums our season up, we didn’t take our chances and we didn’t defend our box well enough.”

While Thistle travel to Tayside at the weekend, County are due to play St Johnstone in Perth. Tommy Wright’s men warmed up for their last game of the campaign with a 2-1 victory at Hamilton Accies.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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