Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald inspired by Inverness Cup win

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland
Partick Thistle players celebrating
Thistle were unbeaten in November and December
Scottish Cup fourth round: St Mirren v Partick Thistle
Date: Friday, 8 January Venue: St Mirren Park, Paisley Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
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Alan Archibald says Partick Thistle should take inspiration from Inverness Caledonian Thistle's triumph in last year's Scottish Cup final.

Thistle travel to face St Mirren in Friday evening's fourth-round tie.

The Firhill squad now train next to the tournament's final venue, Hampden, which Archibald hopes will provide further impetus for his players.

"Inverness did it, St Johnstone the year before, so we've got to look to these teams to inspire us," he said.

"Last year, we went out to the eventual winners in Inverness, so that's enough to inspire them that it can be anybody.

"We see [Hampden] every day now, training here, and it's inspiration for the [players]."

Inverness players celebrating
Inverness beat Falkirk in last season's final

There will not be any segregation between the two sets of fans at the St Mirren Stadium on Friday.

"Partick Thistle are always trying different incentives to try to get fans in, St Mirren are the same," Archibald said.

"The fact we've changed it to the Friday night and are letting the fans mix, we've got to try these things. Hopefully more fans will come to the game."

Before Saturday's loss to Celtic, the Jags were on a run of six games without defeat and only one loss in 10.

It took a late Leigh Griffiths strike to overcome Archibald's side at Celtic Park and he said: "We've got to take encouragement from the performance against Celtic, albeit we couldn't get the goal that might have seen us go on and win the game.

"We've done enough in the previous 10 games to carry that into the St Mirren game.

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald
Archibald hopes his side can develop another unbeaten run

"They showed that this week in training, their hunger to go on another run. We've got a right good team spirit now and we've got to make sure we take that into the game.

"We'll be the favourites, but St Mirren is a good place to play football. There are no excuses because it's a good surface, one of the best in Scotland, so we expect them to get the ball down and play and the onus will be on us to take the game to them.

"[New St Mirren manager Alex Rae] is getting the best out of them, he's won two out of their last three games, he's made an impact there.

"All the players are probably still trying to impress the new manager. We've seen them, we've had them watched and we know they've still got quality, a lot of good young players who on their day can be match-winners.

"So, we know we're going to have to be at our very best to beat them."