Ian McCall praised his Partick Thistle players and the club’s board following Saturday’s 2-0 win over East Fife.

A brace from Brian Graham which consisted of a first-half penalty and a sublime lob 12 minutes from time, gave the Jags victory at Firhill.

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Brian Graham delivered for Partick Thistle against East Fife. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

It was just their second league win from five matches following their controversial relegation, but the hosts looked a level above their opponents and the manager was pleased with what he saw.

“I thought the game should have been over at half time – I thought we were terrific,” he said. “It’s another clean sheet at Firhill but while Kieran (Wright) had a big hand in the first goal, he didn’t have a save to make in the game I didn’t think.”

“But it was good and a great finish from Brian to put the game to bed.”

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Partick Thistle boss Ian McCall was happy with his team’s performance. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

An ongoing injury crisis ensured McCall was only able to name four substitutes for the game.

Yet, he suggested that some key men will soon return as Thistle look to kick on, while he also took the opportunity to thank the club’s board for the support they have been providing behind the scenes.

“The season isn’t as long as we’d like but we’ve got a lot of players to come back and hopefully we’ll just get stronger and stronger,” he added.

“There have been a few things going on at our club that a lot of people don’t know about and I just want to put on record my thanks to Jacqui Low, Gerry Britton and the board for recognising that mental health issues are very very important.

“I won’t go into it, but I want to put that on record.”

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