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    Partick Thistle -V- Inverness CT - Preview


    Firhill for Chills


    It's not a TV spectacular for us on Friday night as we venture down to the big smoke after the freeze to take on Partick Thistle at Firhill. All Championship games this week are to be played on Friday evening at 7:45pm with our game at Firhill your preferred Xmas viewing if you stream it from Partick TV, or maybe not given our TV horror earlier in the season when Partick romped home 4-1. We had last weekend off after New Douglas park was deemed unplayable whilst Partick beat Ayr 3-2 to re-ignite their failing season. Partick are fifth on 27 points and we slipped to seventh on 23 points with Raith jumping above us after drawing with Arbroath.


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    Venue Head 2 Head Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 24 11 6 7 38 33 +5
    Away 23 6 6 11 24 34 -10
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 47 17 12 18 62 67 -5

    Home advantage historically denotes the winner in these fixtures and we tend to find Firhill a difficult place to pick up wins with only six in twenty-three attempts.

    Last 10 Competitive Meetings v Partick Thistle
    1 - 0
    1 - 4
    1 - 0
    2 - 1
    0 - 1
    3 - 3
    0 - 0
    3 - 1
    1 - 3
    1 - 3

    Here's our overview from our last visit to Firhill

    Firhill Flops: 1 - 4 A Brian Graham double gave Partick a first half lead. For the first the defenders got the wrong side of him, the second a gift from the Inverness defence with a loose pass across the box. It was a lacklustre performance from the visitors in the first forty-five with Billy Mckay having the best effort after an Aaron Dorran lay off, but David Mitchell was equal to the shot to deny the striker from twelve yards. We almost gifted a third early in the second half with a short header back, but Ridgers stood tall to deny Graham his hat-trick. A third did come from the spot after Carson was alleged to have brought down his man. Kevin Holt kept his cool to slot home. Anton Dowds bulleted a header home with five minutes left to add to our miserable night. George Oakley powerfully headed a consolation in time added on, but that won't detract from the rubbish on show tonight.

    Embarrassing night for the Caley Jags, and on national TV too!

    Current form over the last six games

    Partick beat League leaders Ayr 3-2 last Saturday Overall Home Away  
    Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A +/- Pts
    1. Dundee 6 4 2 0 9 4 2 1 0 3 0 2 1 0 6 4 +5 14
    2. Queens Park 6 4 1 1 17 7 2 1 0 8 3 2 0 1 9 4 +10 13
    3. Morton 6 3 3 0 10 4 2 0 0 6 1 1 3 0 4 3 +6 12
    4. Ayr United 6 3 2 1 12 8 1 1 0 3 1 2 1 1 9 7 +4 11
    5. Cove Rangers 6 1 4 1 11 10 1 1 1 4 3 0 3 0 7 7 +1 7
    6. Partick Thistle 6 2 1 3 10 11 2 0 1 8 5 0 1 2 2 6 -1 7
    7. Raith Rovers 6 2 1 3 9 11 2 1 1 9 7 0 0 2 0 4 -2 7
    8. Arbroath 6 0 4 2 4 9 0 2 1 2 4 0 2 1 2 5 -5 4
    9. Inverness CT 6 0 3 3 5 11 0 3 1 4 5 0 0 2 1 6 -6 3
    10. Hamilton Ac. 6 0 1 5 7 16 0 1 1 6 7 0 0 4 1 9 -9 1

    All games FRIDAY 23RD DECEMBER 7:45pm :santa:

    Arbroath v Queen's 

    Ayr Utd v Dundee

      Cove R v Accies    

    Rovers v Morton

       Partick Th v Inverness CT

    We did beat Partick last time out at the Caledonian Stadium on 7th October

    He scores when he wants: 1 - 0 A first half where defences were on top offered little opportunity for either side to create the clear cut chance required until the half hour when Robbie Deas pounced on a loose clearance within the box. His header was bundled away from goal a yard from the line by two defenders with Mitchell floundering. A couple of minutes later and Mitchell was called into action to scramble the ball away low down at his post from a Duffy header. Billy Mckay clipped one over the bar after a tremendous turn and run by Daniel Mackay. Kyle Turner was red carded for what appeared to be a slightly high tackle on Roddy MacGregor and Inverness ended the half knocking on the Partick door. Cammy Harper brought out a super save from Mitchell with 65 minutes gone, diving high to his top left corner. Ten minutes later Billy Mckay opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season, drilling home from twelve yards after good work by MotM Dan Mackay. Kevin Holt came close to an unlikely equaliser with a low shot across the face of the goal ten minutes from the end, but Partick rarely threatened. Oakley had an effort kept out on the line acrobatically by Holt as Inverness looked to close out the game. However, Inverness saw out the game to go joint top of the table after their fourth win in a row. That'll do nicely. 

    That win put us joint top. A couple of weeks later it all went tits up and we now have no wins in our last 7 League games.

    Latest Team News

    We have had an extra week to get more bodies back, but given the seriousness of most of our injuries the extra time off is like a drop in the ocean. The Ridgers rift saw Mark playing with the youngsters at Accies a couple of weeks ago. Our last meaningful game was on the 3rd of December when we went down at home to Dundee 0 - 1. Bily Mckay and Sean Welsh missed that one but I would imagine they might be available for this one. If not, why not! This isn't the team lines for the Dundee game, it's just the players that were unavailable: Ridgers, Deas, Delaney, Welsh, Allardice, MacGregor, Walsh, Sutherland, Mckay, Samuels. There may be others, the list is inexhaustible.

    Off the Park: Panos Thomas: MD, CCST Orth, MFSEM, FRCS as a Director of ICTFC. It's not an anagram, it's our new director. :amazed:



    Eck's Partick peek: Reveals nothing new happening at Firhill. They did beat Ayr last week with goals from Milne, Graham and Lawless in an entertaining five goal encounter. Harry Milne beginning to attract a bit of attention. Of course Brian Graham likes a goal against the Caley Jags. As normal, Partick will have a full bench to pick from with the likes of Dowds, Holt and Mullen starting on the bench last week. 

    Off the Park: BBC Sport 14th DecemberFormer Glasgow Rocks owner Duncan Smillie has been confirmed as strife-torn Partick Thistle's new chairman. Chair Jacqui Low and six directors resigned last week after recent fan protests followed the Partick Thistle FC Trust becoming majority shareholder. Smillie was the only director not to resign and has become interim chair until the end of the season.

    Not just us that are in some turmoil then! :shrug:


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    Another tough one to call. Hopefully it's nothing like that other dreadful Fri night TV game we had there. Also, hopefully, the two week 'break' for the first team will have the desired effect. We desperately need a win but I'm not sure it will come on Friday night. Please prove me wrong Caley.

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