PEDRO CAIXINHA is looking forward to the Partick Thistle match and says that it is the most important game of the season because it’s in Cup competition.
The Gers defeated Dunfermline at Ibrox in the last round of the competition in a six goal demolition of Dunfermline.
Speaking about tomorrow’s tie at the press conference today, he said: “Like I said before the Dunfermline game, is the most important game of the season – you know why? It’s a knockout game. You need to win tomorrow as in November you want to be in the final.
That is the reality – this is a competition in which only four games allow you to take a trophy, and at this club, with all the circumstances that everybody knows, we have had a long wait for titles.
“We cannot refuse this chance tomorrow to get in the semi-final, and then after that, we think about the final. But one at a time.”
Caixinha has taken time to reflect on the match against the Jags on Friday and he says that his side need to be able to play the kind of football that he wants, but also to fight for every ball and to win each match.
He continued: “When you watch the opponent teams playing against maybe the four opponents before us – and maybe top teams like Celtic and Aberdeen – I don’t see the same behaviour.
“I don’t see the same aggression that they have – I’m not criticising, but I am saying we need to know how to deal with it because it is happening and it is happening on a regular basis, so it is one more thing we need to care about.
“We can’t get in the opponents game, we need to play our football, but when it is time to fight, it is time to fight.
“I have a clear process in order to analyse games and see the way things are going. One of those things we normally analyse about the opponent is the kick-off ball.
“Some of the teams have a long kick-off ball, and others, like Partick, receive the ball and try to drive in-between our lines – and that happened.
“When that happens, I don’t feel good as we knew it was going to happen and we did nothing to prevent it. We expect our team to be proactive rather than reactive.
“I think we had the control of the game in the first half and could have killed it. I’ve watched the game back twice and we didn’t have very good decisions in the last third, so the last pass was difficult.
“After we scored the equaliser in the second half, we had a lot of balls into the box, we had a lot of situations where we could have scored. Regarding the control, yes, we need to have more control of the game.”