Brian Graham is targeting a run of victories with Partick Thistle and has raved about young prospect, Mouhamed Niang, following the weekend win over East Fife.
The Jags triumphed 2-0 at Firhill on Saturday courtesy of a Graham brace, with the experienced striker scoring a first-half penalty before putting the game to bed in the 78th minute with a sublime lob.
It was just the home side’s second victory from five games following their relegation to the third tier, but the Thistle talisman is hoping he and his teammates can now kick on.
“Home games are going to be crucial – we need to pick up three points at home over the course of the season, so to do that here was a big plus,” he said. “We’ve got some young boys in the changing room and I think we’ll take plenty of confidence going into next week now and, hopefully, we can go on a wee run of getting victories.”
The 33-year-old had a penalty saved in the 2-2 draw with Falkirk earlier in the month but he confidently fired home from 12 yards against the Fifers and he was pleased to retain the spot-kick duties.
“I had a word with the Gaffer and he was contemplating changing the penalty taker,” he admitted.
“Before he named the team, he said ‘you’re not going to like who’s on the penalties’, so I thought I was off them! But then he named me so I got to redeem myself and I was delighted to get it in the net.”
Finally, Graham had plenty of praise for 21-year-old Mouhamed ‘Sena’ Niang, who filled in at centre-back with the likes of Tam O’Ware and Rhys Breen out of action.
“I thought young Sena was excellent,” he added. “Obviously, he’s a central midfielder but we’ve had so many injuries and the young boy has gone in there and done a job.”
“I thought he was excellent and I was very pleased for him because you see how hard he works Monday to Friday and for him to get his chance today was great.”