18 Feb Conor Sammon thriving with goalscoring responsibility
Conor Sammon admits he is relishing the responsibility of leading Partick Thistle’s fight for survival.
The Irishman continued his recent hot streak as he fired home his seventh goal in seven games against Dundee on Saturday.
Unfortunately for the on-loan Hearts frontman, his efforts were not enough to prevent Neil McCann’s side mounting a late comeback.
Simon Murray struck twice in the final five minutes at the Energy Check Stadium as he netted his first goals since sealing his deadline-day switch from Hibernian to seal a 2-1 win.
But Sammon – who has now joined Kris Doolan at the top of Thistle’s scoring charts with eight strikes – has vowed to continue leading from the front with 10th-place Thistle now just a point above the relegation spots.
The 31-year-old told Press Association Sport: “I like having the responsibility of being the main goalscorer – I don’t think there is a player out there who wouldn’t want that.
“I’m enjoying my football and I’m enjoying scoring goals.
“I just wish I could couple that with winning games. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do that at the weekend.
“What makes it all the more frustrating than just losing two goals so late on is that it’s a real opportunity missed.
“With Ross County drawing and Hamilton playing on Sunday, it was a good chance for us to put down a marker and jump above Dundee into eighth.
“But that opportunity is gone now and we need to learn from it. We need to get better at seeing out games.
“We can’t allow a defeat like that to crush our confidence. That’s where character comes in.
“We’re well aware how quickly things can turn around in football. We’ve got a big game against Hamilton next Saturday so we just need to forget about Dundee and move on.”
Murray now has 16 goals for the season having had an electric start to the campaign before being allowed to leave Easter Road on loan.
Now he wants to rediscover his best form with his boyhood heroes.
Murray – who missed two golden chances before taking his two late chances against Thistle – said: “Obviously as a striker if your getting chances – and I’ve not scored for a few weeks – you maybe try too hard to get that goal, you think about it too much.
“Sometimes you need that wee lucky goal that I maybe got. I’m not sure if I was offside for my first but I’m not caring. It wasn’t the best of goals but I’ll take it. I’m just glad to get that. It was a big relief.
“Hopefully I can go on a run now. Sometimes you just need that bit of luck to kick you on. That’s 16 I’ve got for the season so I hope I can get a few more for Dundee, which would be nice.”