Alan Archibald relieved to avoid Scottish Cup shock

Alan Archibald was relieved to escape a potential upset after seeing his Partick Thistle side scrape through the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round against Queen of the South.

Conor Sammon scored twice to send the Jags into the fifth round but Archibald’s side were given a scare at Palmerston Park.

The hosts had a number of chances throughout and the game looked to be heading for a replay following Ross Fergusson’s bizarre leveller after Niall Keown’s challenge bounced off him and saw the ball fly into the corner.

Archibald however was satisfied with his side’s performance and was aware they had been tipped to come unstuck against the Championship club.

“There always is (relief),” he said. “It’s never going to be easy and the first thing I said to the players is ‘well done, you’ve made it through a cup tie’.

“It’s never easy to come here and we were tipped as the team to fall today.

“They’re a good side with good quality in the team so we are delighted.”

He added: “We say it every year, there is always usually a shock in every round of the FA Cup or the Scottish Cup and we said it last year and this year as well: don’t let it be us, and thankfully we have not.”

The 81st-minute winner was a cruel blow to Queens, who had an equal share of the game and tested Tomas Cerny in goal throughout.

Although he was satisfied with the performance, assistant manager Dougie Anderson could not hide his disappointment: “Overall I think that’s the best we’ve played for a few weeks and I feel for the players who got nothing out of it, because over the piece I thought there wasn’t a lot in it.

“The boys gave us a lot and there were a lot of young players out there today that we couldn’t ask any more from. We were a bit unfortunate with the end result.”

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