Partick Thistle: The View From the Opposition
Following two defeats in a row, Dundee have found themselves back in the bottom two of the Scottish Premiership.
Our next opponents Partick Thistle are sitting bottom of the league but will be buzzing after successfully taking all three points at home to Motherwell on Wednesday and know a win will see them leapfrog the Dee.
Our last meeting ended in frustration for Dundee who should have easily won the tie but instead Thistle came from a goal behind to register their first win of the season. A great feeling after nine matches without a win?
Yes, that last game against Dundee was smash and grab to be fair. Dundee had a load of chances and Tomas Cerny saved us more than once that day. First with the penalty save (in another season he would have been sent off for the challenge).
His second half save from Moussa was brilliant although he shouldn't have had a chance with it.
And yes it was a great feeling.
Things then seemed to be picking up with a draw then win against Hamilton and St Johnstone but since then a bad run has seen the team hit bottom of the league and tonight another defeat. This must have been frustrating to witness?
This season has been hugely frustrating. There have been some abject performances, some terrible defending with occasional flashes of good play. Our old campaigners like Chris Erskine and Stevie Lawless have underperformed and the new guys Miles Storey and Conor Sammon have shown no consistency.
We can't keep using injuries as an excuse as the guys we have fit have to get on with it. The truth is though that Booth, Elliott, Bannigan and especially Osman are badly missed to give us pace on the flanks and power in the midfield.
Last night you stormed back from a 5-1 drubbing at Killie to defeat Motherwell at home. At on point you were 3-0 to the good but ‘Well managed to claw two goals back. I don’t think anyone in Scotland were expecting a first half performance like that from Thistle!
Last night in the first half hour Thistle blew Motherwell away in a manner not seen from us in the league this season. We know we are capable of playing like that though. We brushed aside St Mirren in the Right Said Fred Cup in a similar manner.
Motherwell nearly clawed it back though. The last few minutes must have been treacherous?
Motherwell changed things at half time and really gave us a game in the second half and we were holding on by the final whistle.
So it’s the bottom two on Saturday. Whoever losses will be bottom come the final whistle. With the teams all around us still quite near each another, is It time for panic just yet? Especially with the January transfer window just around the corner?
Speaking of which, do you think Partick will be doing some business to freshen up the squad and if so, who would you like to see brought in or what position needs looked at?
As to freshening up in January I'm sure the management team will be having a look at our long term injuries and assessing where we need strengthening and cover. They may have to do a bit of juggling with perhaps young James Penrice returning from his loan spell at Livingston for example.
We could also do with a forty goals a season striker.
Finally, Predictions? Another 4-1 in memory of the 71/72 Partick League Cup winners?
Yes. Partick Thistle will beat Dundee 4-1 on Saturday.