It doesn’t matter how they go in, fans will just be pleased if their player hits the net. That’s certainly the case for Brentford loanee Reece Cole, who opened his Partick Thistle account against Stenhousemuir.
The midfielder has impressed whilst out on loan at Firhill so far but hadn’t hit the net prior to the Challenge Cup tie with Stenhousemuir. With the help of a ‘slight deflection’ he opened his account with a good long range effort.
After waiting for his big moment, Cole was just pleased it came for him.
“I said last week I was looking forward to getting my first goal for Thistle and luckily it came,” said Cole after his first Jags strike in a 4-1 win over the Warriors.
“I’m really pleased. It took a slight deflection on the way in but I’m taking it. A goal’s a goal and I’m delighted with the win.”
Learning from experience
There are plenty of experienced players for Cole to bounce off at Thistle. Stuart Bannigan has played over 225 games for the club, Gary Harkins has been in the game for over 15 years now and Kenny Miller is approaching 40.
It’s the latter that Cole is astounded by. At the age of 39, Miller is still constantly performing for the Jags. He scored his eighth of the season at Ochilview.
Cole says it’s a ‘privilege’ to be lining up alongside the veteran striker he used to watch on TV: “It’s ridiculous that Kenny Miller’s still scoring goals.
“I watched him on TV when I was growing up and it’s a privilege to be playing beside him now but we’re all here for the same reason.
“He’s a team-mate as well as a role model.”
Adapting to standards
Down south, Cole has been exposed to youth football and senior level experience with Macclesfield Town, Maidenhead United, Yeovil Town, Newport County and the solitary Bees appearance.
He’s been used to the rough and tumble of some of England’s lower leagues but now he’s adapting to life in the fast Scottish Championship.
Cole admits though that the standard isn’t too dissimilar to that of League Two and National League level and says he’s keen to remain on the goal trail.
“Obviously there are a lot of long balls but we try and play is from the back and through the thirds of the park to get forward.
“The football is similar to League Two and National League standard. Getting higher and scoring goals is what I like doing.
“I feel like I’m a versatile midfielder though that can play deep, higher up or sit in the middle.”