Partick V St Johnstone at Firhill Stadium : Match Preview

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09 September 2016
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Chris Erskine happy to be back at Partick Thistle

Chris Erskine says adapting to life back at Partick Thistle has been easy.

The midfielder returned to Firhill this summer after two years with Dundee United and has already scored four goals this season.

The 29-year-old told the club's website: "I'm delighted with my start to the season, I've had a good month. I felt I've played well and I've scored a few goals in the cup and league.

"It's been a great welcome back and I've been enjoying it and hopefully that continues. I've slotted in easily, obviously I was coming to a place I know and everyone knows me.

"The style of play and the way we play football hasn't changed so it's good to come into that and enjoy my football again after a tough few years where I wasn't enjoying it.

"I've scored a couple so far this season but I never set myself targets in terms of goals. As long as someone is putting the ball in the net then that's all that matters and if I can continue playing well and helping the team I will be happy."

While Erskine has enjoyed returning, his start to the season has been tempered by three consecutive defeats, against United in the Betfred Cup, and narrow losses to Aberdeen and Hearts in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

So he knows that a home win against St Johnstone on Saturday is vital.

"These are the games we need to win, especially the home games," he said.

"You have to win the games against sides you expect to be round about in the league and St Johnstone will be one of those teams.

"There isn't much between a lot of the sides so winning home games, especially against these sides, is vital. We go into a run of games that we feel we can do well in.

"We had a tough start but now we go into a run of games where we will try and build up a bit of momentum and get some more points on the board."

St Johnstone new boy Joe Gormley is desperate to get back to action.

The 26-year-old striker joined the Saints on a loan deal until the end of the year from Peterborough after recovering from a serious knee injury sustained a year ago in a reserve game.

Gormley has not started a first-team game since a 2-1 defeat to Southend on September 5, 2015.

After playing for an hour for Saints' Under-20s against Ross County's youngsters in midweek, he is looking to get his career back on track.

He said: "It felt good, it was good to start playing. I am definitely ready. It would be amazing to play on Saturday. I haven't played a competitive game for so long.

"My last start was last September, a year ago. So I haven't played a proper competitive game since then. I had never got injured before that happened.

"I played against Millwall but I only came on for a short period of time. So it would be good to get out and play."


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