Nov 10 2008 By John Traynor, Daily Record
THE Thistle fans were as happy as Barack Obama supporters but the Clyde punters were left in a far more sombre mood.
While the Jags notched their second win on the trot, poor old Clyde took up the First Division dunce's seat that Morton were keepingwarm.
John Brown's industrious but limitedteam never got to grips with this derby, and their task wasn't made anyeasier when Liam Buchanan opened the scoring in nine minutes.
The Thistle striker took his goal well but was given too much space to get on the end of a Willie Kinniburgh header.
This proved the scenario for abig chunkof the match with Clyde second to the ball and although they changedtheir attitude after the break Thistle were the better side.
But despite their possession andaggression the home side were never sure of the win until StephenMcKeown made it 2-0 with a fine strike in 73 minutes.
In fact, a poor pass-back in 53 minutesby Kinniburgh might have been instrumental in changing the wholecomplexion of the match had Clyde forward Willie McLaren been moreclinical.
However,justice was seen to be done with McKeown's goal and who knows,if Ian McCall's side can get a few morepositive results before the turn of the year they might well becomegenuine title contenders.
Kinniburgh, who had an excellent firsthalf, said: "Anything can happen in this division, but if we can remainfocussed we'll maybe have something to say about the outcome of thetitle race.
"As for my blunder with that pass-back,I was only grateful our keeper Jonny Tuffey came to my rescue with afine save but at the time I thought the Clyde player would score.
"I got out of jail with that one and so did the team but I don't think anyone can seriously say we didn't deserve to win."