Partick Thistle 3 - 1 Hibernian

Match info: Scottish Premier at Firhill Stadium

Date: 15/03/2014 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 4,448

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Partick

Chris Erskine 43
Lee Mair 60
Kallum Higginbotham 90+2

3
vs
1

Hibernian

Duncan Watmore 62

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: March 15 2014, 18:16 GMT

Post-match reaction to Partick's 3-1 victory over Hibernian.

Partick proved too good for Hibs
Partick proved too good for Hibs

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher has blasted his players following their 3-1 away defeat to Partick Thistle.

The Hibs boss savaged his players after watching them go down to goals from Chris Erskine, Lee Mair and Kallum Higginbotham, with youngsters Sam Stanton and Duncan Watmore, who hit Hibs solitary response, the only players to escape the furious manager's wrath.

When asked what disappointed him most about the performance, Butcher replied: "Lots of things.

"I think Hibs fans have seen this performance so many times. Performances like that have happened all too often for Hibs in the past.

"It will be an interesting team selection next week. I'd rather go with kids and lose if we're going to lose, but let's go with kids, at least they're honest.

"Today Watmore and Sam Stanton were excellent for us and they tried their socks off, and they are being let down by other players.

"We pushed Sam out wide left to have a go at the full-back and he got into a good position for the goal, but I need three or four Sam Stantons in the team and I haven't got that.

"I need three or four Duncan Watmores in the team and I haven't got that.

"They're game boys and if you look for any comfort from the game - and there's not much - those two would provide it between themselves, so it will be interesting next week."

Butcher admitted that he is considering throwing in some of his other youngsters to try to ensure that Hibs don't get dragged into the reckoning for the relegation play-off position.

"We've got one or two (other youngsters)," said Butcher.

"We'll certainly have a look at team selection because we've got eight battles now.

"I said to the lads we've got eight wars really, and I want people who will fight and scrap and the youngsters will do that because they're honest and they'll have a go, but we'll see.

"I don't like being let down. I do not like being let down."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald's mood was understandably in sharp contrast to his Hibernian counterpart following a crucial victory that lifts his side above St Mirren into ninth place in the Premiership.

"I'm absolutely delighted," Archibald said.

"I thought Hibs controlled the first half to be honest, but I thought we showed a very good determination today to defend really well and also our front four players I thought were very good.

"I think it's the first time we've had the front four all on from the start, (Kris) Doolan, (Lyle) Taylor, Erskine and Higginbotham. When they link up, as you seen from the first goal, the quality they brought.

"They were all involved in it, Doolan with a lovely step-over and then a great finish.

"To get them on the pitch at the one time they've all got to really work so hard, and as a management team we're more pleased with the way they worked off the ball as well, because we had to do that against a very good Hibs side."


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