First Team

Full of confidence

28th August 2016

Don Cowie insists the Jambos are full of confidence following two wins on the bounce.

Don Cowie hailed his team-mates for finding ‘new ways to win’ as the Jambos left it late to steal a victory against Partick Thistle in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match at Firhill.

Tony Watt’s injury time winner sealed the three points after Liam Lindsay had equalised following Callum Paterson’s opening goal, and the stand-in skipper revealed his pleasure at the team’s determination. 

“It’s just another way to win,” said Cowie. “It was important for us to go into the international break with real momentum, so a 90th minute goal or whenever it comes doesn’t matter. We’ll go into the break full of confidence, and glad of it.

“We’re going into the break with seven points and in third place. It’s not an amazing start, but it’s a good start, and you could see today how strong our squad is looking.

“Our bench is very strong right now. Walker, Bjorn, even our captain is on the bench right now which shows how much depth we have, and that’s the kind of thing you need if you want a successful season.”

Praising the strength in depth in the forward positions, Cowie mentioned his delight for Tony Watt as the popular striker got the goal his displays have deserved and left the field to a standing ovation.

“We’ve got so many options up front as well now with Tony, Conor, Bjorn and Robbie Muirhead too. It’s about the entire team. For the boys not playing, I know it’s difficult at times. 

“If you want to go places, as a team, you need to be ready when you’re called upon and nobody has ever let us down off the bench when they’ve been called upon.

“Tony is a great character, everyone loves him,” said the former Cardiff star. “He’s been excellent for us without getting that goal so far, but the manner in which he did it today is sure to endear him to the fans.

“They’ll be as delighted for him as we all are. He’ll be a huge player for us this season.

“He’ll admit he wants the team to win before he gets a goal, the goals are just bonuses for a lad like Tony, but if he plays like he does on a regular basis for us, he’ll be pivotal and make the difference.”