Saltire Thistle - 8 February 2014 (Home)
Failure to take our chances and a couple of defensive mistakes resulted in Saltire grabbing all three points in a game where we played some of our best football of the season.
A last minute change to the 3G pitch at Middleton didn't daunt us as we looked to make amends for our shameful showing up in Glasgow. As the first half progressed, it became clear just how much of a freak result that was, as we looked the team most likely to score against the league leaders.
A number of chances could and perhaps should have been put away but the visitors' keeper was on his mettle, making saves and cutting out some dangerous crosses before they reached a Terrier. Jonny B had an easier day in our goal, although he needed to be alert to sweep up through balls that reached his area.
After a goalless first half, Terriers still looked more likely to open the scoring and it was from another of our unconverted chances that Saltire took advantage - a quickly taken throw-in was received around halfway and, with the defence pushed up, a clear run at goal was allowed and ultimately converted.
The goal didn't change too much, as we still needed to press and it was a change in personnel that reaped rewards, with Josh S coming off the bench to net his first goal for the club after Saltire failed to clear an inch-perfect Dom B freekick into the box.
Knowing that a win wasn't just necessary but seemed within our grasp, we continued to press, but on one of Saltire's forays forward, a simple clearance was missed and pounced upon by the Scottish striker to clinch the three points for the visitors.
Man of the match went to Freddie for his industry in midfield and linking play between the defence and the forwards - all with a thigh that had half a tube of Deep Heat on it after it was strained during the week.
Credit to Jim H for today's match report.