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Archibald focused

By February 16, 2017No Comments

Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald hopes his side can end 15 years of hurt by booking themselves a Hampden date next month.

The Jags saw off St Johnstone last weekend as they clinched a place in the last eight of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Now they have the chance to secure their first semi-final slot since a team which included Archibald made it all the way to the national stadium back in 2002, only to be shot down 3-0 by Rangers.

They face an Aberdeen side soaring high after Wednesday night’s 7-2 thrashing of Motherwell but Archibald is confident.

He told Press Association Sport: “There are so many positives to take from last week’s game. It was a good performance and we’re delighted to now be in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup, something we’ve not done for a while.

“It’s been a long time since the club had a run to latter stages. For some reason we’ve had a barren spell.

“I played in a semi-final back in 2002 against Rangers and at that time everything seemed to be going well. The club had just been promoted back to the First Division and ended up getting a great draw which took us to the semi-finals.

“But it’s been a long time since then and the fans have suffered, that’s why it was so great to get the win at St Johnstone.

“When you win away from home like we did last week, you get such a better feeling and I can sense the boys are eager to grasp this chance.

“The draw hasn’t been too kind with us landing an Aberdeen side who are in good form right now but it’s a one-off game and you never know what might happen. ”

That Pittodrie clash on March 5 is still three weeks away and Archibald knows his side have more important business to deal with in the meantime, starting with Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership visit of Hamilton.

He said: “It’s a massive game. If results go for us we could end up sitting sixth or alternatively could find ourselves in 11th.

“It’s on a knife-edge and both sides will fancy their chances this weekend.

“We’re delighted to get through in the cup but the league is more important.”