Evening Times

McCall has the Blues again

- By BERT MITCHELL

IAN McCALL today refused to hoist the white flag over Firhill despite his side’s damaging 2-0 defeat by leaders and title favourites Dundee.

Even in early December the eight-point gap between the tabletoppi­ng Taysiders and a now increasing­ly distant Partick is looking increasing­ly insurmount­able.

However, the defiant Jags manager said: “I believe that we are as good as Dundee if not better than them. This is really hard to take as the facts don’t back that up.

“The first half was so one-sided it was unbelievab­le and it was soul-destroying to lose a goal before the interval.

“But, fair play. Dundee are a good side and whoever finishes above them will win the league.

“That said, three nothing at half-time would not have flattered us. But we have no-one to blame but ourselves. It was very similar to the game up at Dens and the whole game changed on a goal.

“Dundee looked a very good side after the break, but that was because we missed three 100% chances as Dick Advocaat would have said.”

Meanwhile, former Jags Player of the Year Gary Harkins today paid tribute to the Firhill fans after he received a standing ovation at the end of the game despite taking pelters during it.

Harkins said: “The Partick support are passionate about their team and quite rightly so. I knew what to expect during the game and that was fair enough. But to get applauded off by the Thistle support was something that will stay with me for a long time.”

Indeed, Harkins was so good in the second half that the main afterthoug­ht surroundin­g his virtuoso performanc­e is that it looks increasing­ly likely that the £150,000 fee secured by Thistle for the midfielder in the summer will be made to look a real bargain in the years to come.

Quite simply, he is that good.

 ??  ?? Gary Harkins saluted fans
Gary Harkins saluted fans

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