After just one win in 14 games, Partick Thistle were never going to be No.1 at Christmas.
However, according to goalkeeper Scott Fox, their real ambition is to be a Top Ten smash come May.
Thistle will kick off against Motherwell at Firhill this afternoon four points clear of Ross County in the Premiership play-off slot and Fox will be delighted if that situation is unchanged after 38 games.
“We would have taken tenth at the start of the season, no problem,” said Fox. “Every point puts us in the right direction. You can’t judge it now but maybe we’ll reflect on things after the Christmas period and look to kick on.”
However, even though the Jags are tenth at the moment, Fox finds it hard to believe that they aren’t higher up, considering he’s had so little to do this season.
The 26-year-old had only one save to make in Boxing Day’s 0-0 draw with Inverness at Firhill yet the Jags once again squandered a host of chances.
Second-placed Motherwell visit today on the back of a fine win at Aberdeen but Fox is optimistic of a first home league win since April.
He said: “It was the same last year when we were dominating games and winning maybe 1-0 – I might just have one save to make.
“Sometimes you have teams come and attack you, like Dundee United. But at home we’ve dominated most of the matches and results just haven’t gone for us. We’d love to end the year with a win at home but there’ll be no panic. The way the manager has the dressing room thinking means everything is positive.
“You wouldn’t believe we were on a run of 14 games with just one win if you were in that changing room Monday to Friday. On a match day everything is positive and we’re always looking forward.”
Thistle’s home form has become a cause for concern but Fox insists that it isn’t preying on their minds.
“We know it’s going to come and, hopefully, sooner rather than later,” he said. “It’s been like this all season, not getting wins when most people think we deserve to. I think we’re going to get results when we need them. We’re trying to win games the right way and we’ve been unlucky.”
Fox probably wouldn’t mind if he had a bit more to do today, especially if Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is looking on. The keeper followed last season’s First Division title with a call-up to
the Scotland squad for last month’s friendlies against the USA and Norway, making 2013 the best year of his career.
“Personally, I have to pinch myself when I look back at the progress there’s been,” he grinned. “It’s been really
enjoyable for me and I’m loving every minute of it.”