Chris Erskine’s double helped Partick Thistle get back to winning ways on Saturday — and he hopes it will keep him in the starting line-up.
The 25-year-old attacker, from the Village, has been in and out of the side during the past few weeks as the Jags’ form took a dip, but a 4-1 victory over Falkirk helped Thistle claim their first win in five games.
And with Erskine striking in each half, he hopes his goals can make him a first pick for manager Jackie McNamara.
Erskine told the News: “It was an important win on Saturday. We’ve had a rubbish run since Christmas and through the New Year, so it’s great to get back to winning ways.
“We went through a sticky patch and sometimes, when you get a spell like that, you can be lucky enough that you still managed to grind out results, but we didn’t do that.
“We’ve come out of it now and it was good to do it with a good performance and with a few goals as well.
“For me, personally, I’m delighted to get my goals. I’ve been left out a few times and I’ve been coming off the bench in games, so it was nice to start and play a role in the win.
“I wasn’t playing too great in the past few weeks and the manager was right to leave me out, but hopefully I’ve done enough to get back in the team.”
Partick are second in the First Division table after leading for so long, but they have two games in hand over league leaders Morton, who are five points clear.
And Erskine, who has scored six goals for the Jags this season, believes his side will return to the summit soon.
He added: “We have two difficult games in hand (against Cowdenbeath and Hamilton), but it’s still in our hands and, if we can win those games and keep our run going, then we will be back at the top.
“I believe we can do it, but it’s so tight at the top of the table that, after every game, we are always looking to find out how Morton and Dunfermline got on and if any of them dropped points.
“The situation has been changing from week to week but getting that win on Saturday will hopefully settle us again and we can get back to the way we were playing earlier in the season.”
Partick now face back-to-back games with Cowdenbeath over the next two weekends.
Meanwhile, Thistle are holding their second annual Quiz Night on Friday, February 1 with host Alan Rough.
Teams can be up to five people and entry costs £10 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to register your interest.