Partick Thistle have suffered a blow ahead of their huge relegation battle against Alloa on Saturday.

Manager Gary Caldwell will not be in the dugout, as he has been hit with a one match suspension by the SFA.

Caldwell was originally charged by the SFA after criticising referee Andrew Dallas following the 1-1 draw with Falkirk last month.

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Assistant manager Brian Kerr will take charge of the team for the trip to Recreation Park.

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Caldwell’s touchline ban is a blow for Thistle. They are currently in their best run of form of the season. The Jags are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions.

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Credit for that has to go to Caldwell, who seems to have overcome a poor start at Firhill. He is now getting his message across.

Despite the recent upturn in results, the Jags find themselves bottom of the Championship. That would change with a win over Alloa.

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The Jags are currently a point behind Alloa at the foot of the Championship table. They do have a game in hand though.

Therefore, a win for Thistle on Saturday would not only put them above Alloa in the table, win the game in hand and they would be clear of the one automatic relegation place in the league.

They could then focus on catching eighth placed Falkirk, but at the moment it’s all about one game at a time.


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