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Here is one Barton who may just be the real deal; EVERY GOAL .. EVERY GAME .. EVERY MONDAY Debut dazzler Adam shows his Gers namesake how it should be done PARTICK THISTLE 1 MOTHERWELL 1.

Byline: Iain King at Firhill

BARTON walked into the media room to pore over his commanding midfield display.

He spoke with humility about his own contribution and offered nothing but respect towards his new team-mates.

That hasn't happened at Rangers yet and chances are it never will with Joey the pretender now in Ibrox exile for shouting his mouth off.

Partick Thistle's Adam Barton is another matter - he looks like the real deal.

The England-born midfielder's debut was laced with the quality that saw him play for Northern Ireland in a friendly then the Republic of Ireland Under-21s as nations fought over him.

Barton is something of a rarity - a player a Premiership side paid a fee for.

It's understood it cost the Jags in the region of PS40,000 to prise the 25-year-old from fallen giants Portsmouth who are now playing in England's League Two.

Despite a stalemate with Motherwell leaving Thistle with one win from their first six games Barton is adamant he has not checked into a relegation battle.

Alan Archibald's side might be down among the dead men for now but Barton said: "I have seen enough since I came here to suggest we are in a false position.

"Last week at Kilmarnock we came away with a draw and it felt like a loss. This is the same.

"We have to overcome that though. I know the club had a slow start last season but we can't go into a negative mindset. If we keep believing in ourselves and what we are doing then this will turn around.

"Three wins in a row and we will be up there again. We are capable of going on a run like that. It will come."

The Jags were gifted the opener from 1 an uncharacteristic source as Stevie Hammell's shocking back pass fell perfectly for Chris Erskine to sweep home his fifth of what has been an eye-catching start to the season.

1 New Thistle striker Ade Azeez then went through the sort of recurring nightmare all strikers dread.

Clean through after the break the 22-year-old slewed his shot wide. He then hit the keeper before his honesty kept him on his feet to miss yet again when he would have had a right to hit the deck for a penalty.

The former Wimbledon hitman hasn't been able to buy a goal since his Betfred Cup strike at Stenhousemuir two months ago and Barton said: "Ade is disappointed but he has done brilliantly to make the runs and get in the positions for those chances.

"It's just not clicking for him and his confidence is probably a bit low. But as team-mates we will get behind him. We won't be negative, we will be positive and lift Ade for the next game."

As chance after chance was spurned you sensed Thistle would pay the price. Sure enough, after an appalling first 45 minutes for a side who had dismantled Hamilton Accies 4-2 in that four-goal Louis Moult show seven days earlier, Motherwell finally turned up.

With Moult hampered by a hamstring injury bizarrely caused by standing on one of his children's toys it was veteran Scott McDonald who took centre stage.

First he had a 64th-minute header wrongly disallowed for offside after skipper Keith Lasley's free-kick and Ben Heneghan's towering leap to nod back across goal set him up at the back post.

Then seven minutes from time Well right-back Richard Tait, a growing attacking threat as the game wore on, produced a killer cross for Skippy to nod the equaliser into the roof of the net.

Tait, born in Galashiels, never made the grade at Nottingham Forest and has found his way back north via Tamworth, Cambridge and Grimsby.

Tait looks like another find by Mark McGhee's scouting network and the 26-year-old said: "We have been working on crosses like that all week and it was great to see it pay off in the match. If I had to chop back on to my left foot my job was to get it back post and I managed to do that.

"I don't know how Scotty's first effort can be ruled offside. I saw it on the computer in the dressing room and he was miles onside.

s "The linesman has made a mistake there so hopefully we get the one to even that out soon.

ways re "Scotty shrugged it off, he always puts himself in the right areas to score and he did again. He's a top pro who has played at the highest level.

nd "The advice the likes of him and James McFadden can give to players is invaluable."

y e." Well assistant manager Faddy made a 19-minute cameo off the bench, showing flashes of the class that will always make him a darling of the Tartan Army.

What should have been three points for the Jags dwindled to co an stop one and could have been none as Ryan Bowman and Chris Cadden saw late efforts stopped by keeper Ryan Scully.

Walking away with nothing would have been cruel in the extreme for Thistle midfielder Barton on his introduction to Scottish football.

mid introductio w He said: "I really enjoyed the game but I was very frustrated at the final whistle - we made enough chances to win by three or four.

chan "We are getting in the right positions, we are playing well but we are not coming away with the right result.

po bu wi rath a o "Sometimes you would rather play badly and win but we are creating enough chances and once we start taking them I feel it will kickstart our season." Next up a trip to Ibrox on Saturday. Adam will be there, Joey won't. Maybe Govan's new bestselling author and talkSPORT rent-a-quote should learn from his less glamorous namesake. Let the football do the talking.

Saturda M selling au qu glamor JAGS WILL STAY UP Thistle may be bottom of the pile just now but they have too much to offer in midfield and are not far away from clicking. If Ade Azeez gets one Premiership goal up top he will flourish.

ALL IN THE NAME Joey Barton's namesake Adam made a hugely impressive start to life in Scottish football following his move from Fratton Park and looks a shrewd acquisition by Firhill boss Alan Archibald. WELL-KENT FACES Craig Samson, Stephen McManus, Keith Lasley and Scott McDonald provide a spine of experience. The four are proper football men with backbone who helped pull this around for Motherwell after an abject first 45 minutes and ensured they made it unbeaten in four.


SKIP IN HIS STEP McDonald hits leveller

CHRIS OF LIFE Erskine nets Partick's opener after Hammell boob

WELL TIMED McDonald heads home second-half equaliser at Firhill

TALE OF TWO BARTONS Adam impresses on his debut as Joey, right, remains on sidelines
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Date:Sep 26, 2016
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