SAINTS AIM FOR THISTLE TURNAROUND

Friday, 27th October 2017

Saints will be on the hunt for goals this Saturday afternoon as they take on Partick Thistle at Firhill, 3:00pm kickoff.

Tommy Wright’s side are searching to turn their recent drop in form around after only taking four points from their last possible eighteen.

Finding the back of the net has been the chief concern for Saints in recent weeks. Despite creating plenty of chances against Ross County on Tuesday evening, Saints once again failed to convert a draw into three points.

Midfielder, Stefan Scougall insists that Saints will take goals any way they come at the moment, so long as it leads to victories:

“To be fair, we’d take anything. Said Scougall.

“Even if came off someone’s backside and it goes in the goal, that’s the rub of the green we need just now.

“We work on crossing and finishing a lot in training so hopefully it can pay dividends this weekend.”

Saturday’s match will be the third fixture in eight days for Saints. Scougall stressed the importance of recovery when playing so many games in such a short time period:

“Obviously we’ve had a tough week with three games so we’ve had a couple of sessions in the pool to try and get our legs back so hopefully that can do us good and we can look forward to our weekend.”

With these demands in mind, Tommy provided the status of the squad ahead of the game:

“Michael [O’Halloran] had to come off on Tuesday. He got a knock on his ankle but I’ve spoken to him and he’s gone to see the physio. Hopefully he’ll be fine.

“Anderson had a slight problem but I’m expecting him to be fine. Liam Gordon should have recovered from his shoulder injury and Richard Foster is back in training.

“Other than that there’s no real injury concerns. I do think that Michael and Anderson will be okay for Saturday.”

Despite recent results, Saints remain within the Premiership’s top six and within reach of Hibernian, Rangers and Motherwell above. Thistle, meanwhile, have been trying to get their season back on track after a slow start. Alan Archibald’s side still sit at the foot of the table but have managed to equal Kilmarnock on seven points.

Saints and Partick Thistle have already met twice so far this season with each team having one win apiece. In early August, Thistle ran out 3-0 winners at McDiarmid Park in the Betfred Cup. However, Saints got their revenge eleven days later with a 1-0 victory in the pair’s first league clash this season.

MATCH PREVIEW BY GARY PETERSEN