Evening Times - - SPORT - By LIND­SAY HER­RON

BLAIR SPIT­TAL reck­ons Chris Ersk­ine has been the cat­a­lyst for the quick-fire start to his Firhill ca­reer as Partick This­tle close in on the last 16 of the Bet­fred Cup to­day.

Spit­tal scored twice in last week’s 5-0 thrash­ing of St Mir­ren then scored one and set up the other in Tues­day’s 2-1 win over Air­drie.

He has fit­ted into This­tle’s at­tack­ing sys­tem per­fectly, click­ing with Ersk­ine, Kris Doolan and Ste­vie Law­less to get the This­tle fans ex­cited about the new cam­paign.

His best tally for a sea­son is 12, so he’s al­ready a quar­ter of the way there and he’s hop­ing to be on tar­get to­day as This­tle aim to de­feat Stran­raer to guar­an­tee one of the four best run­ners-up spots.

The 21-year-old said: “It helps that Chris and I played to­gether be­fore so we know each other’s games well.

“It’s great to play along­side Chris, Kris Doolan and Ste­vie Law­less be­cause you know they’ll cre­ate chances. They are never static, they are al­ways on the move.

“The type of foot­ball we want to play in­volves get­ting the ball down at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

“That was a big part in my de­ci­sion to come here. There will be times when you have to mix it up a bit and go in be­hind teams, but largely we like to keep it on the deck.

“In my first year at United I was in and out the first team but in my sec­ond year we played a lot to­gether dur­ing pre-sea­son and dur­ing the sea­son.

“Com­ing here know­ing Squiddy helped me set­tle quickly into the dress­ing room.

“The rest of the boys made me feel wel­come and I’m en­joy­ing it.

“The man­ager said it was a tight dress­ing room. I came in and they’ve taken me in, wel­comed me very well.

“I’m en­joy­ing it. It’s been good so far and long may that con­tinue.

“I see my­self as that type of player where I can con­trib­ute. I’ve got off to a good start and it’s all about be­com­ing con­sis­tent now.

“In terms of goals I don’t like to put that added pres­sure on my­self. I just like to have a good game and if I score it’s a bonus.

“I think the best for a sea­son is 12 for Queen’s Park be­fore I went to United so three al­ready is a de­cent start.”

STRAN­RAER, with for­mer Jags Scott Robert­son and David Bar­ron in their ranks, have con­ceded 11 goals in their three Group H matches so far and have yet to win a point.

But Spit­tal knows that Partick can’t take any­thing for granted if they want to make sure they are in to­mor­row’s knock­out draw.

He said: “We’ve got to go into that game want­ing to win it and mak­ing sure we’re ready.

“We’ve seen with lower league op­po­si­tion in the games against Liv­ingston and Air­drie they make it tough for you.

“But if we play like we did against St Mir­ren it should stand us in good stead.”

Spit­tal, mean­while, is hop­ing his good friend Andy Robert­son makes a strong de­but for Liver­pool against Hertha Ber­lin tonight af­ter his £10mil­lon move from Hull City.

He and Robert­son were team-mates at Queen’s Park and Dundee United and he reck­ons he de­serves his suc­cess.

He said: “It’s men­tal to see how far he’s come in such a short space of time.

“I dropped him a text when the move went through, he prob­a­bly had a lot of mes­sages.”

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