Partick keeper hopes to stop Tannadice juggernaut in tracks, finds Lindsay Herron
PAUL Gallacher may have been entitled to cover his eyes with his large goalkeeper’s gloves as he watched Dundee United slam six goals past city rivals Dundee on New Year’s Day.
The former Tannadice keeper was mightily impressed with Jackie McNamara’s team and just hopes they are unable to replicate that devastating form when they face his Partick Thistle side at Firhill today.
The 35-year-old, who spent four good years with United, said: “I did watch the United highlights. That was fun! And more than enough.
“They did fantastically well in what was a massive game for them. They played really well and scored some decent goals. We know they are threat, with a lot of quality forward players and that showed against Dundee.
“It’s going to be a tough game for us but one we’re looking forward to. We’re aware of their threats and you see it when you watch them. There are several players we need to look out for but hopefully our good players and our front players can turn it on and get a result.
“United have not always followed up those performances in the past and we’re hoping that inconsistency creeps in again. They’ve had a great result and performance so hopefully with ourselves missing the game we’re champing at the bit to get out there and produce our best display.”
Thistle are badly stretched for the visit of United, with Sean Welsh, Frederic Frans, Jordan McMillan, Abdul Osman, Jake Carroll and Kallum Higginbotham all missing, and Gary Fraser likely to join them as a result of a chest infection.
Manager Alan Archibald said: “We are down to the bare bones and we are just trying to keep things ticking over for Sunday.
“It was a bonus for us that the Celtic game was called off because Stephen O’Donnell would have missed that as well as he phoned in sick.
“Now we have got United – good time to get them!
“It will be a tough game. They’re flying after their result on Thursday when they played ever so well but we have put in good performances when we have come up against them – especially at home.
“So hopefully that’s the case again and we keep them quiet middle to front.”
Archibald is looking to bring in new faces in the coming weeks. Defender Aaron Muirhead has been released, while the loan deal with Huddersfield for Carroll, also a defender, expires tomorrow and will not be renewed.