The heat is on, admits Partick Thistle boss Archibald

Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald admits recent defeats have piled the pressure on ahead of the visit of Aberdeen on Saturday.

In their last two Ladbrokes Premiership outings the Jags have lost to bottom-six rivals Dundee and Hamilton, after being ahead in both matches.

Consequently, Thistle go into the Dons game in the relegation play-off spot, three points ahead of bottom side Ross County.

Archibald concedes those losses against fellow sides battling against the drop were damaging.

After the Aberdeen game, Thistle face Hearts, Hibernian and Ross County away, then Kilmarnock at home before the split, with the former Jags defender knowing points need gathering.

He said: “It is a difficult run-in and we have put pressure on ourselves with the last two results.

“They are winnable games. We are more than capable of doing that and the pleasing thing is the performances have been good, albeit we have not taken any points.

“But it is about winning games at this time of year.

“We have not done that. Every manager wants to play well, but I would take an ugly 1-0 win.”

The Dons won 4-3 when they visited Maryhill last August in what Archibald admitted was a “quite a strange game”.

Thistle lost an early goal, went 2-1 up, then brought it back to 3-3 before losing to an 84th minute goal from Pittodrie striker Adam Rooney, leaving them searching for their first point of the season.

He said: “We would take three goals again all day long.

“I was harping back to it this morning.

“It was quite a strange game in terms of the goals and in the way they game flowed.

“Aberdeen are in a better place now than they were then. I think they are stronger so it will be a tough game.

“No one outside Firhill will be expecting us to beat Aberdeen.

“It sends out a great signal if you go and get a surprise three points that other teams don’t expect you to get and hopefully three points that can take us towards safety.”