Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall has praised a different aspect of striker Brian Graham’s game. McCall feels that the striker’s defensive qualities were vital to Thistle’s recent 1-0 win over Montrose.

McCall disclosed that Graham wasn’t happy with his performance after the game, but he was pleased with what the striker contributed in defence, which was key to helping Thistle pull off an important win.

“Does an awful lot of work”

“He was a bit down on himself on Saturday because he didn’t think he had played that well but even when he doesn’t play well, he does an awful lot of work for the team. He headed the ball out our box in the last two or three minute” McCall said.

Brian Graham in action for Partick Thistle

Brian Graham in action for Partick Thistle (Photo by Rob Casey/ SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Partick boss explained that Graham’s will to win was key to Partick getting the victory over Montrose.

“They put us under a bit of pressure but Brian was great. He has been a big influence. He likes to win and that’s what we needed.”

Playing without strike partner

McCall then hailed Graham for managing to contribute to the team even though he is playing without a recognised striker partner. He is eager to see what will happen when Graham gets the chance to team-up with Zak Rudden.

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He’s been terrific so far, and he’s playing without a recognised strike partner because the others are all injured, albeit Connor (Murray) is doing really well as a second striker. It will be interesting to see how he does when Zak (Rudden) comes back. Within the football club we’re all really excited to see that and touch wood, it will happen sooner rather than later” McCall concluded.

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