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Match Preview: Cowdenbeath v Partick Thistle


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Match Preview: Cowdenbeath v Partick Thistle

PostedFebruary 14, 2011

The Blue Brazil are back in action on Tuesday night at home to Ian McCall's Partick Thistle side - kick off 7.45pm.

It is an important game with both teams looking for points to ease relegation fears and Jimmy Nicholl is looking for a big improvement on the weekend's performance.

"Saturday's display was very disappointing", commented Nicholl.

"We went in level at the break without really getting into our stride but basic defensive errors have cost us again. We can't continue to make the same misakes and I worked with the boys at training tonight to try and eradicate costly errors.

"I need the players to show their character and play to the level I know they are capable of."

Mark Baxter is missing again with a foot injury and will be joined on the sidelines by John Dempster. However, Joe Mbu could feature.

So far this season it's been a win each - an early season victory for us at Central Park (goals from Brian Fairbairn and John Armstrong after Kris Doolan has opened the scoring for the Jags) and a 1-0 defeat away from home with former Cowden man Liam Buchanan scoring the vital goal.

Our recent form has been disappointing with only 4 points gained out of the last 24 available. Our opponents have a more respectable amount with 11 points - incredibly though they are unbeaten in their last 10 league outings since a 2-1 loss to Dundee on the 6th of November. It'll take a massive effort from the Cowden squad but with new signings - including Lee Makel (pictured) and thus a greater depth to the squad their is hope for optimism at Central Park. In fact Partick haven't won at Central Park since a league cup meeting away back in February 1978!

An early goal for Cowdenbeath could prove vital with Thistle only having gained a single point when the other team have opened the scoring this season while we have twice came from behind to win and twice to draw.

The 15th of February has seen little action on this day in recent times for The Blue Brazil - in fact only one game since the 90's has been played on this date which was a demoralising 4-1 defeat at home to Queen's Park in 1997 (Dougie Coultson scoring our only goal when already 4-0 down). Cowden have grown in stature since then and should prove to be a tougher unit to break down even with our large goals conceded this season. Despite this we can still catch up with Partick who sit in 5th if we win this game and then our game in hand over them, which underlines quite how tight the league is from middle to bottom.

Match of the day fact of the week: Cowdenbeath have only mustered one goal in our past 6 games (an own goal as well!) - the worst in Scotland. The only clubs close to us are Hamilton and Berwick Rangers who have managed 3 goals in their past 6 games - things can only get better in front of goal, starting on Tuesday night!

Admission

The gates open at 6.45pm with admission set at: Adults 15, Concessions 8, Adult and Child 20.

Match Day info
Segregation is not in place for this match. Home fans should enter from the Chapel Street end. Away fans should enter from the High Street end. Season tickets holders, who have booked a seat in the main stand, shoudl access the ground from the High Street end. All other season ticket holders should enter via Chapel Street.
Club Bar
The Club Bar is open from 6.45pm and a warm welcome is extend to home and away fans. The bar is situated in the Alex Menzie Lounge in the main stand and offers a range of pre and post match refreshments.
Blue Brazil Shop
The Club Shop is situated next to the main stand at Central Park and is open on home match days. Merchandise available includes the errea home and away replica shirts. Cub merchandise can also be purchased online.
Blue Brasilian
The match day programme will be available next to the turnstiles for a value 2. The programme includes Jimmy Nicholl's weekly column and many more interesting articles.
50/50 Draw The 50/50 tickets are available to purchase within the ground. Draw is made at half-time.
Blue Brazil Lottery
The draw for the lottery is made at 12pm every Friday and tickets for the following weeks draw will be available from agents. Contact lottery@cowdenbeathfc.com or phone 01383 610166 for more information.
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