Welsh takes value out of past in­jury hell by of­fer­ing ad­vice to oth­ers

The Herald - Sport - - SPFL PREMIERSHIP - GRAEME MCGARRY

FRUS­TRA­TION in foot­ball is a rel­a­tive con­cept. Was Partick This­tle cap­tain Sean Welsh irked as his side failed to hold on to a lead at home against the 10 men of Hamil­ton on Satur­day? Sure he was. But com­pared to the seem­ingly end­less frus­tra­tion he en­dured as a se­ries of in­juries kept him on the side­lines for the best part of two sea­sons, it was but a bump on the road.

With those in­jury woes now mer­ci­fully con­signed to his­tory, Welsh has been an ever-present for Alan Archibald’s side this term and he is thank­ful to be able to lean on his own ex­pe­ri­ence to help fel­low team­mates like Christie El­liot, who is cur­rently go­ing through his own bat­tle back to fit­ness.

Welsh said: “It’s great to get a good run of games and it’s great to be in the team. It’s so frus­trat­ing to be out, es­pe­cially if the team are go­ing through a dif­fi­cult spell.

“I wanted to help the team on the pitch and I couldn’t do that. It’s ob­vi­ously hugely frus­trat­ing on a per­sonal level when you can’t play, but when the team’s strug­gling and you can’t do any­thing to help it’s worse.

“I try to speak to Christie and it’s hard be­cause ev­ery­one deals with it in their own way. It’s been very frus­trat­ing for him. He knows I’m here to speak to and help him through it if he needs any­thing.

“He seems to have got on with it well. He’s an up­beat boy so he’s kept his spir­its up as much as he could and it looks like there might be light at the end of the tun­nel now. We had a cou­ple of good re­sults, al­though it wasn’t too good on Satur­day, but it’s good for my­self to be back in the team and play­ing.

“It was a mas­sive chance to get an­other three points on the board and keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.

“With them go­ing down to ten men and with us go­ing one up, you think that surely we’ll see it out, but we took the foot off the gas and sat off them when we scored in­stead of go­ing for an­other and putting the game to bed.

“We’ll never get a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to get three wins in a row than that, so we’re kick­ing our­selves.”

Pent-up frus­tra­tion af­ter a poor re­sult can some­times be put to good use, par­tic­u­larly as the con­gested Scot­tish foot­ball cal­en­dar usu­ally of­fers up a swift op­por­tu­nity to take that out on an op­po­nent.

Welsh will have his shot at re­demp­tion at Firhill on Satur­day as Hearts come call­ing.

He said: “We’re at home and we’ll be go­ing all out for the three points.”

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