Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall was again left to rue missed chances, after the club drew 1-1 with Dunfermline.
The Championship’s bottom club could only manage a point at Firhill Stadium, and that was thanks to Brian Graham popping up at the death with a header after Euan Murray’s opener for the visitors.
Despite not taking all three points, the Jags still gained ground on ninth-placed Queen of the South, who were beaten 3-1 by Inverness.
The teams are now just two points apart, and despite closing the gap, McCall couldn’t help but suggest that gap might be smaller.
He told the club’s official website: “You tell me what the score should have been at half time because I would have said four. We looked like a proper football team, if we can win on Saturday I have no fears we can play anybody.
“We created a number of good chances, hit the bar and missed a penalty, but that happens. The players showed real character to keep fighting and they never said die. The referee only played four minutes at the end, they were time-wasting from the first half, which I have absolutely no qualms with.
“It could have been easily 8 or 9 minutes added and we might have had time to get a winner.”
Parti have nine games left to save their Championship status and, perhaps crucially, have a game in hand on Queen of the South.
Plenty of chances
Against Dunfermline, the Jags mustered up 15 efforts, but five hit the target with just one breaching Owain Williams’ goal.
It was a similar story against QoS a couple of weeks ago – the Jags had 13 attempts, with just four on target for no goals.
Chance creation doesn’t appear to be too much of an issue for McCall’s side, who must discover their cutting edge if they are to fully launch a successful safety mission.
That, and of course, tightening things up at the back will be key to Partick moving off the bottom and up the table.