Archie’s eyes on cup run for Jags

Evening Times - - SPORT - By STU­ART Mc­DON­ALD

PARTICK This­tle man­ager Alan Archibald is hop­ing for an ex­tended cup run af­ter they sealed their place in the last 16 of the Bet­fred Cup.

Christie El­liot’s 87th-minute strike handed the Jags a 1-0 win over Stran­raer to fin­ish sec­ond in Group H and qual­ify as one of the four best run­ners-up.

Archibald’s men reached the same stage last year but were put out by Dundee United, while they also made the Scot­tish Cup quar­ter­fi­nals be­fore los­ing to even­tual fi­nal­ists Aberdeen.

There has been lit­tle to shout about for the Firhill fans in cups in re­cent years, but the Premier­ship side are des­per­ate to go fur­ther in this year’s tour­na­ment af­ter be­ing drawn against St Johnstone in yes­ter­day’s draw.

Archibald said: “It would be nice to get a run in the cup com­pe­ti­tions. We got a wee taste of it last year and won a cou­ple of games.

“We’re just glad to be in the next round and look­ing for­ward to the sea­son start­ing.”

This­tle were far less con­vinc­ing against Stran­raer com­pared to the 5-0 thump­ing of St Mir­ren the week be­fore, and Archibald warned they will some­times have to win ugly to get re­sults.

He said: “It’s not al­ways go­ing to click up front. The front three or four’s nice one-touch stuff will not al­ways work and some­times you need to be a bit uglier and put balls in the box and make teams de­fend.”

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