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We were so bad it has done us good.

Byline: GAVIN BERRY sport@dailyrecord.co.uk

ALAN ARCHIBALD reckons Ross County delivered the wake-up call needed to end Partick Thistle's losing run.

The Jags boss couldn't believe how bad his side were when they went down 3-1 to the Staggies at Firhill two weeks ago.

That was Thistle's fifth straight defeat and set alarm bells ringing for Archibald but they bounced back with victory at Dundee United last time out.

And as they prepare to face the Dingwall side again tomorrow in the Highlands the Firhill gaffer said: "It was a wake-up call because we were that bad. County were good but we were awful.

"We knew we couldn't go on playing like that. It's very strange as a manager to have a lot of players being as bad as that. Even the guys I can rely on, who are always a seven out of 10 ... we didn't have anybody that day.

"We watched it back on Monday morning and saw where we went wrong. We've been inconsistent but we can't go back to being as bad as we were against County."

Archibald knows victory tomorrow is vital but denies it would make his side safe.

He said: "It's crucial because we're up against another bottom-three side.

"It would be a massive win but a 10-point cushion wouldn't guarantee safety.

"You've seen the way the form is going and all the bottom teams winning last week. In this league anybody can beat anybody."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 6, 2015
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