Ian McCall has hailed the contributions of Darren Brownlie as Partick Thistle secured their first league win of the season.

A hard-fought victory was had at Firhill as they beat Airdrieonians 2-1. Dale Carrick had put the Diamonds ahead before Brian Graham and Blair Spittal efforts secured three points for the Jags.

Spittal scored. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

After an opening league defeat to Clyde last week, three points in this one was paramount for McCall. He’s praised the efforts of centre-back Brownlie in helping get them over the finishing line.

“Darren Brownlie was the best player on the park,” McCall said. “The way that Airdrie play, they were on top of him, but I thought he won every header going.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved the win. I know the last 15 or 20 minutes of the second half saw Airdrie try and push themselves into it but I am not sure that they really threatened us at any time. We should have put the game to bed but we fully merited the victory.

Brownlie was a rock. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“It was a cracking goal for us that was the winner. I thought we did fairly well in our League Cup games and this now gives us something to go and build on in the league.”

Prior to the match, Airdrie captain Sean Crighton had claimed Thistle have underestimated their League One task as they look for a quickfire Championship return.

McCall believes his team have proven that’s not the case: “The Airdrie captain said that we would take League One lightly. I don’t know how he came to that conclusion after we had played just one game. We certainly don’t do that.

McCall’s hit back at criticism. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“But I think you can see from that performance that we respect every team. There is no game that will be easy. Looks at Hearts and Arbroath on Friday night. We know that we will have to work our socks off to win any game of football in this league.

“There are odd results all over the place and if you look at this league you can see the results.”

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