Mar 3 2011 By Gordon Parks
IAN McCALL admits his Partick Thistle side have been just a clinical touch away from being at the centre of the First Division title chase.
The Jags boss believes the lack of a goal machine in his ranks has been the difference between mid-table obscurity and championship material this season.
Despite sitting 20 points off the summit with two games in hand, McCall is adamant survival in Scottish football's second tier is still his main focus.
He said: "At the start of the season the only objective was survival and that still remains the case but we have pushed on in recent weeks and now we're looking at the top four.
"We look at the results we've had and the run of seven or eight draws and maybe if we had a prolific striker we'd have turned those results into wins and made all the difference.
"If we had someone who was consistently taking those half chances then we would be in contention with the leading teams. But these type of strikers are few and far between.
"I don't like to live by ifs buts and maybes so we are where we are and things won't get much better. All we can do is keep trying."