By Michael Shearer
Partick Thistle showed their class with a 3-1 over Inverness at Firhill. The win means Thistle are now up to eighth in the table.
Alex Jones opened the scoring for Thistle in the 48th minute after a sublime pass from Recce Cole. Inverness hit back soon after in the 57th minute through James Keatings who finished from close range after a corner was beautifully whipped in by Aaron Doran.
Ian McCall’s side took the lead yet again after Cole’s corner was nodded down by Kenny Miller and Steven Saunders slammed the ball home. Dario Zanatta sealed the game for them in the final moments to give the home team a huge win.
Here are three things we learned.
McCall has improved the Jags tenfold since he took over
When McCall took over Thistle were in disarray and needed stable hands, which he has brought in abundance. Thistle now look like a team who have a chance of making the play offs by the end of the season.
January is crucial for McCall if he can get the right players in the door. The ex-Ayr manager has Thistle scoring goals but he will want to have more clean sheets and not give away goals just when it seems they have a win in the bag.
Inverness rue missed chances
Inverness had their chances in the game they just didn’t take them. This could have so easily been an Inverness win with so many chances squandered in what they will look at as a lost opportunity.
They edged possession and shots in the match but that went for nothing as when Thistle had chances, they were clinical. On another day Inverness would have won the match but will look back at it as the day Dundee United got even closer to the title. The Tangerines are 13 points clear at the top of the table.
Thistle are clinical going forward
Thistle yet again took their chances in a game where it could have gone either way. McCall has embedded a mentality in his side to be clinical. It is paying off, as just when Thistle look to be buckling under pressure, they go up the other end and score.
Thistle are getting goals all over the pitch from many different players and it is becoming almost impossible to keep a clean sheet against them.
The Jags now have back to back league wins for the first time this term and will be looking to build on this momentum next weekend when they face Dundee at home. It’ll be a tough clash yet again for Thistle but many would have saw today as a tough clash for them and they came out on top.