The Spiders start 2023 with a Glasgow Derby, hosting Partick Thistle at Ochilview on Monday 2nd January, kick off 3.00pm.
OWEN COYLE’S THOUGHTS
“It’s a Glasgow Derby, a great way to start the new year, and it’s one that everyone in the camp is looking forward to.”
“This will be our third meeting in the league this season and Thistle go into this one, like ourselves, on a great run of form. I was at their game against Ayr United a couple of weeks back and they were very impressive so we are under no illusions as to how difficult the game will be. That said, as we know and as we have already demonstrated this season, when we are at our best, we can win these types of games and that is the focus for us.”
“We want to continue to improve our performance levels and continue winning games, that goes without saying, but that also requires the continued hard work and commitment from everyone. Given the form of both sides and give how we both like to play, I think you will see two very attack minded sides going at it and it’s a great fixture to start 2023.”
“Ourselves, along with Partick Thistle, Morton and Dundee are the in-form teams in the division at the moment so games like this one will see both teams going into it believing that can and will win them. We know the importance of concentrating on doing what we need and want to do, ensuring that on the day we are the best version of ourselves.”
“That involves us getting on the ball, continually looking to improve, being pleasing on the eye with our style of play and scoring goals. We have reached those levels at times this season and shown just what we are capable of. We can and will go toe to toe with anyone in this league on our day and that’s the expectation going into this game. If we are at our best, it’s a game we can win.”
“We expect Josh McPake to come back into the squad after he missed out against Arbroath through illness, that’s a welcome boost to us. We do however have one or two who have been contending with illness and we will be giving them until the last possible minute to make it. I would hope and expect us to have a squad very similar to that which we had at Arbroath just before Christmas.”
Home fans will be housed in the South Stand with away fans on the Tryst Terrace.
Tickets priced at: Adults £20 (stand) & £19 (terrace) / Concession (65+) £13 (stand) & £12 (terrace) / 15 & under £8 (stand) & £7 (terrace)
LAST MEETING OF THE SIDES