Alan Archibald keen to reward Partick Thistle fans with cup run

Alan Archibald
Alan Archibald takes his team to Tannadice on Tuesday in the League Cup

Alan Archibald admits Partick Thistle have struggled in cup competitions in recent seasons and is aware what cup success would mean to the club's fans.

Thistle, whose last cup win was 45 years ago, against Celtic in the League Cup in 1971, play Dundee United away in the same competition on Tuesday.

"We've not had a good cup run since we got to the Challenge Cup final in 2013," Archibald told BBC Scotland.

"We had good numbers turn out and saw what it meant to the fans that day."

The manager added: "I talked with the players about it [cup runs] at the start of the season, and it's something we want to address."

Thistle were drawn against Dundee United following four consecutive victories in the League Cup group stage, scoring nine goals in the process, and followed this up with a 2-0 League victory over Inverness on Saturday.

And Archibald said he took a conscious decision to try to get more goals in the team with his dealings in the transfer market this summer.

Chris Erskine
Midfielder Chris Erskine is in his third spell at Firhill

"I thought we were a bit short and needed to add ammunition from the bench. I think we've done that with the signings of Ade [Azeez] and Chris [Erskine].

"We've got other options now. We're not just stuck with three or four players in certain positions."

In spite of Thistle's impressive early season form, Archibald is wary of the threat posed by Championship United in the cup encounter.

"Ray McKinnon has signed Premiership players and I see them as a Premiership team," he said.

"We lost the Scottish Cup game at Tannadice last season, but won there twice in the league.

"There's a belief there within the group. A lot of the guys played in the games last year, so we've got to take that into this match."

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