Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall was left to ponder what could have been after a 1-1 draw with Cove Rangers in League One on Saturday.

Joe Cardle handed Thistle a second-half lead but Mitch Megginson leveled eight minutes from time to split the spoils on the Jags’ return to action, the first game since League One’s shutdown in January.

Cardle had scored for Partick Thistle but it wasn’t enough. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

McCall was left frustrated: “There wasn’t a lot in this game first half but that was to be expected as the players were rusty. Their goal was a comedy of errors from our point of view and it was rustiness. We felt we probably deserved to win the game.

“Two or three times at Firhill this season we haven’t seen games out. I look back at the Falkirk game, for example, when they scored six minutes from the end. We just need to see games out. Megginson has done really well – take nothing away from him, but it’s really preventable from us.

“We should be playing balls into corners or up to strikers and just seeing the game out. A 1-0 on our first game back would have been a fantastic result. It might not have been a good watch but it would have been a fantastic result.”

Missed out on a win. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Now sitting fifth in the league and eight points off leaders Falkirk, McCall says his side are well in the title race: “I think the top four or five clubs are all within distance. We know it’s a shortened season so we’ll need to win a few games but I think we’re capable of doing that.

“I am very pleased with a lot of things, maybe we could have played a bit more football, but I don’t know how to judge things just now because of the situation. But it’s a game we should have won.”

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