Spit­tal still be­lieves Jags can shoot up the ta­ble

Evening Times - - SPORT - By CHRIS JACK

BLAIR SPIT­TAL is con­fi­dent Partick This­tle have the fire­power to haul them­selves away from the Premier­ship rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle this term.

The Jags re­turn to league ac­tion against Dundee on Satur­day and have Neil McCann’s side firmly in their sights in the ta­ble.

Striker Con­nor Sam­mon has net­ted six times in his last seven out­ings in red and yel­low, while Kris Doolan has moved to within one strike of a century of league goals for This­tle.

And Spit­tal be­lieves boss Alan Archibald has enough at­tack­ing tal­ent in his ranks to en­sure the Jags can move up the stand­ings sooner rather than later.

He said: “The gaffer spoke at the start of the sea­son about how he didn’t want to have to rely on Dools as much this year and a lot of the boys have chipped in for us. For me, the goals have dried up a bit un­for­tu­nately but I think my per­for­mances have been OK over the last cou­ple of weeks.

“Big Sammy has hit a good bit of form, and Miles is play­ing well as well. There are a lot of boys play­ing well and that is good for the squad.

“We are de­fend­ing a lot better as a team over­all and, go­ing for­ward, we do have play­ers that can go and cause prob­lems.

“Away from home, we might need to make sure we take at least a point. But our home form has been good and we have to try and pick up as many points as we can at home.”

This­tle are just three points clear of bot­tom of the ta­ble Ross County and one ahead of eleventh placed Hamil­ton ahead of the visit of the Dees this week­end.

Victory at Firhill would teams be a ma­jor boost to their chances of beat­ing the drop and Spit­tal has faith in Archibald’s side ahead of a cru­cial fi­nale this term.

He said: “It has been well doc­u­mented that the club have been in this po­si­tion be­fore and man­aged to pull through.

“We have to make sure that we are pulling away from the teams be­low us over the next few weeks so we can push to fin­ish as high as we can.”

Blair Spit­tal says Sam­mon and Storey have the power

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