A tactical switch helped Partick Thistle on their way to weekend victory as boss Ian McCall was left pleased with a first win of the season.

Two excellent goals from Joe Cardle in the second half handed Thistle a 2-0 League Cup success over Queen’s Park. It came after the Jags struggled to create many chances during the game’s opening 45 minutes.

McCall switched it up from a diamond 4-4-2 to a formation that brought wingers into play at Firhill and it worked wonders, the Partick Thistle attack via the flanks causing Ray McKinnon’s men no end of problems.

 

It helped lead to a first victory of the campaign, McCall explaining the tactical tweak and providing an update on Zak Rudden and Richard Foster after their substitutions at half-time.

“The shape of the team suited us better in the second half,” said McCall. “First half we tried a different shape but it didn’t come off.

McCall’s side coasted past Queen’s Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Although I didn’t think we were under any threat in the first half I didn’t think we had any cutting edge. The second half we certainly did.

“Joe (Cardle) can produce, his two finishes were fantastic. We scored two goals and probably could have scored another couple But a 2-0 win is good against Queen’s Park, I wouldn’t class them as a League Two team. We were delighted with the second half and the result.

“Zak Rudden and Richard Foster came off at half-time. The plan was to give them an hour but I felt 45 minutes was sufficient.”

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