Archibald eyes longer cup run

Alan Archibald says Partick's Ramsdens Cup run last season has whetted the appetite for the Scottish League Cup

Last Updated: 26/08/13 at 17:45 Post Comment

Alan Archibald: Preparing his side to meet Cowdenbeath

Alan Archibald: Preparing his side to meet Cowdenbeath

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Alan Archibald says Partick's Ramsdens Cup run last season has whetted the appetite for an extended showing in the Scottish League Cup this year.

Thistle progressed all the way to the final of the Ramsdens only to miss out on the silverware after a penalty shootout with Queen of the South.

Archibald feels their efforts in the League Cup have not been quite as impressive in recent years and he is keen to make amends this time as they prepare to face Cowdenbeath in the second round.

Archibald said: "It's very important to get a run this year.

"We've not had a good run for the last few years and have been out in the early rounds.

"The last four or five years have been really disappointing.

"We saw how good it was getting a run in the Ramsdens Cup last year.

"The fans enjoyed it and the players enjoyed it. We are desperate to win the game tomorrow."

Partick play host to the Blue Brazil on the back of Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership which ended their unbeaten start to the season.

Archibald said: "The good thing about getting another game so quickly is that we can put the weekend game behind us and we are hoping we can get the win against Cowdenbeath.

"We were a lot better in the second half against Motherwell and we could maybe have nicked a point but we will learn from that game and move on.

"I know how tough this game will be because we played Cowdenbeath a number of times last year in the league and in the cup and there was always only one goal in it.

"They've got a similar squad so we know it will be a very tough game.

"I'm expecting them to come and attack.

"When they came to Firhill last year they came and attacked so we are expecting a very attacking side."

Thistle have yet to lose a game at Firhill this term and Archibald hopes home advantage can play a part against Cowdenbeath.

He said: "We've got a great backing from the fans and a good record at home so we want to keep that intact."


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