Saturday 29 January 2011

Erskine for Scotland!

It's a great time to be a Thistle fan just now. The start of this season was pretty grim and with problems off the pitch at times it felt as though going along to Firhill on a Saturday was more out of habit and blind loyalty than genuine enjoyment.

What a difference a couple of months make, though. David Rowson comes back from injury, and the midfield suddenly starts to hold together as a cohesive unit, and the redundancies at Dundee land quite by chance Scott Fox at our doorstep. Happy just to get a game of football, Fox waltzed into the team and made a defence that leaked goals become a Sahara for hopeful opposition forwards. Now we've gone 9 games unbeaten, have a big game up at McDiarmid Park in the cup and the relegation fight we looked stuck in is a comfortable distance away. I'm absolutely delighted he's signed a 2.5 year deal as the best teams are built from the back.

Erskine for Scotland!
And then there's Chris Erskine. The man personifies Thistle in so many ways. From his impromptu mazy runs, beating 5 players in the process, to sclaffing the ball for a throw-in seconds later, he's an enigma. The entertainment value he provides alone is what keeps us coming back. Today he opened the scoring with so much confidence slotting away a one-on-one after Rowson played through a well won ball by Paddy Boyle.

Sure, Liam Buchanan's moved to Dunfermline, evidence that to sort things off the park we have to live within our means. Another goal for Doolan today and the tremendous work ethic he's shown though, just proves he's both able and willing to fill the number 9 jersey. Kris is a smart lad and very down to Earth. He, Paddy Boyle and Willie Kinniburgh have been hugely improved on last season and they've really done themselves justice at this level where their futures at Firhill might not otherwise have been certain.

We're scoring goals, we're good at the back, and the team is playing its heart out. Long may it continue!

Erskine for Scotland!

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