Appearances & Goals To Date
|Youngest Player:||Johnny Hayes (22 years 148 days)
|Oldest Player:||Richie Foran (2011 years 121 days)|
|Average Player Age:||27 years 57 days|
|Domestic Players:||11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Lee Cox (19 years 160 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Dani Sanchez (2011 years 121 days)|
|Average Player Age:||25 years 223 days|
|Domestic Players:||16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
Partick win in the mist:
There's little point in getting too outraged about this. It was a fairly even, fairly poor game between two first division sides. We never really got started despite taking an early lead: I think Partick sat in a little more than Dundee last week, which meant Hayes' pace was less effective. Sanchez was closely marked and seemed to get bullied off the ball a little too easily. Neither team was fully in control at any point in either half, but we seemed to get cut open a little too easily for the goals, although the mist was a bit too thick to see exactly what happened.
In terms of individuals, I felt neither full back played well today: Rosscoe in particular was guilty of a lot of poor distribution and both looked laboured trying to track back. Both central midfielders worked hard, Duncan especially, but there was a serious lack of vision in their passing. Foran tired his best but as with Hayes, seemed to struggle to cope with the Partick defence sitting in. Rooney looked isolated for most of the game despite working hard and Eric, when he came on, hinted at a lot of promise when running on to a ball but had a poor first touch.
Overall, a draw would have been fair, a defeat was harsh, but as a reminder that promotion is a rare thing for any team relegated to the first division, the game was a good barometer.
overview by alternative maryhill
Wanderer saw it like this: Another bad day at the office...It was like deja vu all over again. My first shout at KO "It's 90 minutes this week lads" obviously not loud enough!
Unlike last Sunday I thought the 2 sides were more evenly matched. At least we huffed and puffed and gave the appearance of trying although, as has been said, Partick played much deeper than Dundee and space for runners was at a premium.
Esson had at least 2 (or 3) class saves in the first half and the fact we spent time singing his praises demonstrates it wasn't just our forwards getting the chances. Our goal, from a Hayes free kick which found the danger area, was a fair reflection of the play up to that point.
120 ICT fans singing well and not a peep from the 2000 Partick supporters in the first 45 minutes.
Second half we looked disorganised, lacking confidence and all too willing to hoof the ball back to a grateful PT defence.
"Keep it tight for 10 minutes" I was thinking, the rest is history. The PT fans suddenly woke up and, perhaps thankfully, we couldn't see half of what was going on in the b0llock freezing conditions.
First part of the season we didn't know how to play in the first half, now we've got that cracked it seems the players think the job's done at HT. These players are full-time professionals aren't they?
GET IT SORTED TERRY.
Match report written by Alternative Maryhill