Nov 3 2008 By Andrew McInnes, Daily Record
LIAM BUCHANAN promised fans he would be even better than before after helping Partick Thistle to their first win in seven games.
Buchanan, below, notched 14 goals last season before picking up a groininjury in February that left him on the sidelines for eight months.
After a star performance in Saturday's comfortable win over alacklustre Queens outfit, the hit man vowed to keep the good timesrolling.
Kevin McKinlay opened the scoring and Gary Harkins made sure with alate spotkick but it was the display and workrate of Buchanan thatwould have most delighted the punters.
The striker said: "I think I'm going to be an even better player than Iwas last season because I'm determined to make up for the time I lost.
"Last year was my first as a full-timer so I now know what to expect at this level.
"I'm feeling fitter after every game so it's just a matter of getting as many of them as I can under my belt.
"We never stopped running against Queens and were determined to make it up to the fans after our recent disappointments.
"It was a massive win against a team that was top of the league before the game."
Thistle didn't score a goal last month but McKinlay broke the November duck in first-half injury time.
Midfielder Stephen McKeown sent over a perfect cross from the right and the wing-back smashed home from two yards out.
It was a crushing blow for Queens and one from which they failed to recover in the second half.
And there was no way back when key defender Jim Thomson picked up hissecond yellow card for hauling down Buchanan in the 80th minute.
McKinlay had the ball in the net from the Simon Donnelly free-kick thatfollowed but the linesman's flag had already been raised.
However, the Jags sealed their long-awaited victory three minutes fromtime when Dumfries substitute Craig Reid, who had just entered thegame, fouled Buchanan and Harkins sent Cammy Bell the wrong way fromthe spot.
It was the only fair result, with the home side defending like theirlives depended on it and Queens looking jaded after a run of threeconsecutive away games.
Thistle manager Ian McCall said:"We knocked the ball about really well against a good team.
"We had to stand strong when Queens came into it in a 20-minute spellin the second half and we performed well at that stage. We definitelydeserved to win."
Visiting boss Gordon Chisholm said:"I was disappointed not to getsomething out of the game but it was a bad time to lose our first goal.
"We took control in the second half but the sending-off was harsh and the penalty was just ridiculous."