16 Feb Storey ready for start of key run in Thistle’s survival fight
Miles Storey kick-started Partick Thistle’s season with a late winner against Dundee in October and is hoping to provide another boost when the Taysiders visit again on Saturday.
The 24-year-old striker arrived at Maryhill last summer on a two-year deal from Aberdeen and went straight into a Ladbrokes Premiership struggle with the Jags.
He scored his first Thistle goal at home to Dundee in stoppage time to hand the Glasgow club their first league win of the season at the 10th time of asking.
That took them level on points with Kilmarnock, second-bottom at the time but now pushing for a top-six spot. Thistle too have improved since then but they are still 10th, one point behind Dundee.
The visit of the Taysiders is followed by away games at bottom two Hamilton and Ross County and Storey is determined to help the Jags get away from trouble.
He said: “Kris Doolan put that goal (in October) on a plate really and I put it through the keeper’s legs.
“It was more of a relief in terms of it was my first goal for the club and it was my first win and we didn’t really play well in the game either.
“It was such a huge relief to get that. The odd point here or there really is the difference in the league because it is that tight.
“We have to show exactly what we are about because after the split is obviously going to be frantic.
“We need to be in a position before the split that we are… not comfortable, but looking up rather than worrying about what’s going on (behind).
“We have some big games before then and we are looking to put our marker down.”
The former Swindon player is aware of just how important it is to take points from teams around Thistle in the table.
He said: “The league is so strong and there are a lot of runs of games where you play Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen, Hibs, Hearts and those runs are tough at times.
“So we have looked at these fixtures coming up as winnable games.”