Partick Thistle are fighting the drop to League One- and Joe Cardle knows things have to change in order to prevent a Jags relegation.
Their latest Championship slump was a 2-0 defeat away to Dundee at Dens Park. Ian McCall’s side haven’t won a game since the turn of the year. It’s left them rooted to the Championship’s basement as wins appear hard to come by. They need to start appearing soon though or Firhill will play host to third tier football next term.
Experienced campaigner Cardle was in this film before. He was part of a Jags squad that beat the drop last term and the 33-year-old knows form must improve in order for the final act to play out like last term’s did.
“Going into pre-season, even though we didn’t have a big squad going into the first few games, when you look around the changing room you can see the quality there,” said Cardle prior to the Dee defeat m.
“It’s been a frustrating season all-round. The inconsistency has been throughout. We know we have the players in there that have played at a high level and have quality and we just haven’t shown that. You see the quality every day in training but when it comes to a Saturday you just don’t see it.
“It’s been ongoing now for the last two years. Even before the boys came in – even before I came in – the club have struggled at the bottom of the league. We know ourselves that we have not been good enough. The game against Ayr sums up our season.
“We should be taking care of teams like Ayr at home, we should have finished them off in the first half on Friday night. Unfortunately, we go in at 1-0 then they get the goal and we’ve not come back from it. It’s frustrating and it’s the story of the season.
“I came in in January and we had a great run towards the end of the season. We had a great changing room and we have a great changing room now. Even though we’re down the bottom the boys are really upbeat. But as I said, we went into pre-season thinking we would be challenging for the league.
“It’s not gone that way but you can’t get down about it, you need to stay positive. We’ve got a few big games ahead of us now and we need to take those games in our stride and get up the table to where we should be.
“There’s times in a season when you have just got to win. That’s how I feel we have performed in certain games and not got enough out of them. But we would have took a 1-0 over anything.
“Even if we didn’t turn up and it went in off someone’s backside we would have taken it on the night. That’s the way we have to look at it. We have to work hard. I can’t fault myself or the rest of the boys for their work ethic.
“Hopefully, that comes into it. Teams at the top of the table have games where they’ve not performed but they still get the win and that’s what we need to start doing.”