Robert­son calls on Ca­ley to lap up the plau­dits

The Herald on Sunday - - SPORT - BY LIND­SAY HER­RON

TOM Walsh glo­ri­ously ended In­ver­ness Ca­ley This­tle’s se­quence of draws to plunge Partick This­tle into sec­ond-bot­tom place in the Cham­pi­onship stand­ings.

A won­der­ful curled shot in 70 min­utes was too good for Cammy Bell and clinched a big win for the High­landers, who had tied their pre­vi­ous seven matches.

And man­ager John Robert­son hopes his play­ers are now recog­nised prop­erly for their achieve­ments.

He said: “I’m re­lieved for the play­ers. That’s 24 games un­beaten and they haven’t got the credit they de­serve be­cause of the num­ber of draws.

“We needed the win and it took a won­der­ful goal to win the game and also two out­stand­ing saves from Mark Ridgers, who has been ex­cel­lent for well over a year, to see us over the line.

“It was a bat­tling three points and, with Ayr and Ross County drop­ping points, it was a bonus for us.”

This­tle were lively in the first half but cru­cially missed two very good op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Blair Spit­tal played the ball up to the edge of the box where Kris Doolan bril­liantly laid it off to Jai Quitongo who had a clear sight of goal but shot too close to Mark Ridgers, who made the save.

Spit­tal was the cre­ator again in 25 min­utes when he sliced through the mid­dle be­fore pick­ing out Doolan who spun on to his left side and tried to find the right cor­ner but pulled his shot wide.

In­ver­ness took con­trol after the break and their goal in 71 min­utes and it was a touch of class from Walsh.

He cut in from the left and curled a ter­rific right-foot shot that Bell got a hand to but could not pre­vent from fly­ing into the top-right cor­ner.

But Partick This­tle blew a fan­tas­tic chance to grab a point in 75 min­utes. The Firhill side won a penalty when Char­lie Traf­ford han­dled in the box but Spit­tal’s spot-kick was saved by Ridgers and then the keeper blocked Doolan’s fol­low-up.

Gary Cald­well, who has now lost all four of his matches in charge, said: “It was very frus­trat­ing but I said to the play­ers I was ex­tremely proud of them.

“That is the way I want to see the team play – with en­ergy and an at­tack­ing de­sire to go and win the game and they gave ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing.

“While we are bit­terly dis­ap­pointed, in terms of where we were last Satur­day it is a bit of progress and we have to build on that.”

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