Last week’s defeat to Cove Rangers was a bitter blow – but Blair Spittal and Partick Thistle are determined to put things right during a huge match against Falkirk at Firhill.
The Jags and Bairns are expected to fight it out for the League One title. As the division’s two biggest sides, many have tipped these teams for the crown, but Ian McCall’s men haven’t started brilliantly.
They’ve lost two of their opening three matches, a last-minute 1-0 defeat to Cove Rangers a sore one to take last Saturday. A win is needed in the match against Falkirk this afternoon and Spittal is determined to get one.
“It gives us an opportunity to bounce back in the league as it has been a slow start,” said Spittal, who was speaking after collecting the club’s McCrea Mortgages Player of the Month award for October, voted for by supporters.
“We need to try and put things right from last Saturday and this is a big chance. The manager has brought in a lot of players and sometimes it can take time to settle.
“I think there were signs in the League Cup games we were getting there. The performances have been stuffy but in this league sometimes you just have to roll your sleeves up and get on with it.
“We need to be ready for that when it comes. It has been very tough, particularly the games we have been involved in recently. But, you just have to go with it.
“We will need to roll up the sleeves to get three points and be where we want to be. You can’t always expect to play pretty football. It is going to be very tough and people need to realise that.”
Spittal played 90 minutes for the first time since arriving on loan from Ross County against Cove Rangers. The playmaker says that he’s feeling better every match, commenting on why he’s happy to put his versatility to good effect.
“Last weekend was my first 90 minutes and the last few weeks I have felt much better and fitter,” he said. “I have always been able to play in a number of different positions so I don’t see it as an issue.
“The last few weeks I have played out wide and enjoyed. Wherever the manger best sees me fitting into a game plan then I’m happy with that. It is going to be a long season. We are not getting carried away or too worried just yet.”