Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall says the Jags have to try and bring Dunfermline into the relegation fight today at Firhill.
McCall’s men are due to play Stevie Crawford’s side this afternoon in a huge Championship match for Thistle at the bottom. They might not get the chance to do battle though as the game is subject to a 10:00 pitch inspection.
Wins are needed urgently in Maryhill. McCall finds his side three points adrift in tenth having failed to win in 2020 thus far. They have only been in front for 19 minutes over the seven games in all competitions.
Thistle have to aim for over 40 points according to their boss as he insists just one win can pull the likes of Dunfermline into a battle at the bottom, although he isn’t making excuses for the Jags being rooted to the basement.
“We had a great run in December, top of the form table, but it hasn’t gone well at the start of this year,” said McCall. “We made a lot of changes in January and haven’t had consistency of selection but I’m offering no excuses.
“We’ve got to do better because our fans have suffered for a couple of years now and we’ve got to do better for them and the players themselves. There’s a third of the season to go which seems quite long but it’s 12 games and there’s no beating around the bush – we’ve got to start winning games.
“Talking doesn’t win you three points, it’s what you do on the pitch. We need to perform a lot better than we did in the second half against Raith Rovers, albeit we felt we were unbelievably unlucky to be 1-0 down at half time.
“We’ve got to defend better, pass the ball better. You’ve got to dig in now and I’d have been no use in these type of games but Neil Scally and Alan Archibald would have been crucial. We’ve got back to back home games and we need to rack up the wins because I definitely think more than 40 points will be needed this season.
“I’ve been in this situation before at both ends and one result can turn it and you can go on a run but you have to get that result. The way the league is then if we manage to win, which will be very hard, then you can maybe bring Dunfermline into it and the more teams fighting then. arithmetically, the better.
“If we can get the three points it will bring them a bit closer.”