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Partick Thistle v East Fife - Saturday 21st November

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This game already falls into the "must win" category if we have any hope of finishing nearer the top of the table. This is the first in a run of games that we really should be winning, so hopefully we can get the points and start to build a bit of momentum.

Not sure where we are with injuries and which players are back and available for selection.

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Rhys Breen’s now injured too, leaving only 1 center back fit.

I make that 10 injured now

Jamie Sneddon and Luke Scullion 

Breen , O’Ware, Mckenna and Rodden

Docherty Rudden and Spittal

 

Add to that Glass who got injured whilst with us

 

Something is wrong with training methods, duration or where we train

 

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Agree, just heard Breen is gubbed after training and to go for scan.  Is training ground full of pot holes and black ice or something?  

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Dos anyone know which of those injuries occurred in matches and which were training related? It does seem that many players become unavailable with no obvious in game knock having occurred.

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Partick Thistle vs. East Fife: a "must win" game.

That description would be totally unfathomable/ unimaginable to tens of thousands of Jags supporters (including a fair number of my friends and family) who are no longer with us. To be fair, I remember being especially nervous about East Fife in season 1970-71, but Jesus, that was half a century ago! And also, the team we had then could be counted on to deliver the required result most of the time. (And EF continued to be a decent team for a season or two.)

Too regularly in recent years, matches against teams like East Fife,  Stranraer, and Peterhead, and even Clyde have become "must win" matches, even the norm, where on many (if not most) occasions we simply don't win, bottle it, or don't even turn up. Most of the time since the 80s we've been a pretty gutless team (don't get me started on the abject failures to get even the occasional win against you know who since the 90s; probably the worst record of any full-time team in Scotland).

What a truly sad shadow we've become of what we used to be. Yes, the McNamara/Archie squad gave us some (false?) hope of being a relatively big player again, but viewed from the perspective of the past 40 years or so, that team looks more and more like a flash in the pan.

Dammit, I need another Kirin Super Dry.....  and maybe I'll read another chapter of the Chaplain's book (mildly amusing so far, and recommended). In fact, I wonder if his flock includes fans.....

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Ah the olde must win game cliche. If I had a pound for every occasion this has been stated for PTFC games I would be a rich man indeed. Whatever the result is on Saturday it's certainly not a must win game. I hope we win it but win, lose or draw it wont determine if we challenge for promotion or fight relegation. 

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13 minutes ago, Jimmy McD said:

If we don't take 3 points on Saturday V the mighty East Fife we are in a sorry state..

We are in a sorry state with only 1/2 squad to pick from

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16 minutes ago, Garscube Road End 2 said:

You can be unlucky with injuries, but this is bordering on sheer incompetence.

Maybe Archie's back in Tesco buying boxes of Krispy Kremes for the players to get them through their training sessions.

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so back 4 of Williamson-Brownlie-Penrice-Foster?

Are we down to only having 4 fit defenders? Maybe the better use of Archie would be to get his boots back on

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23 minutes ago, laukat said:

so back 4 of Williamson-Brownlie-Penrice-Foster?

Are we down to only having 4 fit defenders? Maybe the better use of Archie would be to get his boots back on

Get Donnie Mckinnon signed up.

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1 hour ago, laukat said:

so back 4 of Williamson-Brownlie-Penrice-Foster?

Are we down to only having 4 fit defenders? Maybe the better use of Archie would be to get his boots back on

Are any of them close to a suspension?

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1 hour ago, laukat said:

so back 4 of Williamson-Brownlie-Penrice-Foster?

Are we down to only having 4 fit defenders? Maybe the better use of Archie would be to get his boots back on

I’d think Foster in the middle and Penrice at left back. An early injury or red card will see us in a bit of bother

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East Fife, may have lost 3 of their 4 League Cup games but only by a single goal after running Hearts, Raith and ICT close.  Won their last league match vs Dumbarton.  Tough game lies ahead on Sat and one we must be fired up for otherwise we could be ‘worse than East Fife’.

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5 hours ago, Norgethistle said:

Rhys Breen’s now injured too, leaving only 1 center back fit.

I make that 10 injured now

Jamie Sneddon and Luke Scullion 

Breen , O’Ware, Mckenna and Rodden

Docherty Rudden and Spittal

 

Add to that Glass who got injured whilst with us

 

Something is wrong with training methods, duration or where we train

 

I think Docherty was suspended  for last weeks game. As far as i know he is not injured, we still have training tomorrow though.

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I suppose you could say the team picks it self. Not because they have been playing great, but if you are fit you will be in the team.

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1 hour ago, Auld Jag said:

I suppose you could say the team picks it self. Not because they have been playing great, but if you are fit you will be in the team.

Walk past Firhill on Saturday morning and you may find yourself in the squad, be careful though your likely to get injured and miss your work on Monday 

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34 minutes ago, Norgethistle said:

Walk past Firhill on Saturday morning and you may find yourself in the squad, be careful though your likely to get injured and miss your work on Monday 

Is this a new way to get fans back in the ground?

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3 hours ago, Norgethistle said:

Are any of them close to a suspension?

Was Archie not sent off in his last game for Thistle, for dissent in an under-20s match where he was meant to be showing a good example to the younger players? Has he ever served the suspension resulting from that?

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39 minutes ago, laukat said:

Is this a new way to get fans back in the ground?

A bit on STV news tonight about blood donors going to Hampden to give their blood, next ground to be used  for this is Firhill.

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1 hour ago, Norgethistle said:

Walk past Firhill on Saturday morning and you may find yourself in the squad, be careful though your likely to get injured and miss your work on Monday 

If that happened, i would push the average age of the team up a few years.:head_ball:

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