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