By Graeme McGill and Ben Banks

Ian McCall can’t believe his side never had at least two penalties after Partick Thistle edged out a 1-0 win over Penicuik.

A Reece Cole strike inside the opening minute was enough for the Championship side as they were ran very close by the East of Scotland visitors.

Reece Colle put McCall ahead against Penicuik. (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

McCall was pleased with the result, although he has been left frustrated with a couple of things.

“We started the game well with the goal,” McCall said. “Then they had, with all due respect, their only clear chance of the game and the boy should’ve scored. But they took a huge lift from it.

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“It’s easy to get a wee bit emotional but we should have scored three or four goals in that second half. We missed three of four chances and didn’t get two of the clearest penalties you’ll ever see.

McCall has questioned the ref. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I don’t know why you don’t give at least one of them. But huge credit to Penicuik, their supporters were fantastic. I thought they played very well.”

Meanwhile, Penicuik boss Tony Begg was thrilled with his players after a memorable day at Firhill: “I have immense pride in their performance. I said to them before the game, you’ll take yourselves to new limits today, limits they probably didn’t know they had.

“I think they did that. The gameplan was to stay in the game and that didn’t go out the window because we lost an early goal, which I thought was important. I thought they were incredibly unlucky not to earn a replay.”

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