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David Amoo says partnership with Mathias Pogba can flourish at Jags

Former Liverpool trainee praises Pogba's impact after Guinean's return from injury lay off

Partick Thistle forward David Amoo photocall 15/10/2015 SNS Pix
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Partick Thistle forward David Amoo hopes his burgeoning partnership with Mathias Pogba can continue to grow after hitting two goals in two games since the Guinean international returned to the first team after a spell on the sidelines.

Pogba arrived at Thistle in the summer to much fanfare but he has struggled with injuries for most of the season.

Amoo, a pre-season signing from Carlisle United, failed to find the net in his opening nine games, but he has scored two in his last two matches, both of which coincided with Pogba's return to the side.

The former Liverpool trainee's strike against Dundee United helped the Jags to their first three points of the campaign and Amoo hailed the role that Pogba has played since his return.

"It was good to get Pogs back in the team," said Amoo. "He's been injured a lot this season and it's been difficult for him.

"I link up well with him, he's a good lad. I get on well with him on and off the field so I'm looking forward to him playing more football with us.

"I was happy to get off the mark and then another game to get my second, but it was just good to get the first win, that was the most important thing to me."

Amoo also backed the club's decision to stick by manager Alan Archibald while rivals Motherwell and Dundee United both opted for change following difficult starts to the season.

"All the lads have a great affection for him, " he said. "He's great with the lads, we've got a great team spirit and he's the man to lead us forward."

Meanwhile Archibald has paid tribute to Tommy Wright ahead of the Premiership match against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Saturday.

"I think Tommy's done a great job but I think this is the first time he's really been touted for some of the jobs going about," he said.

"It's a surprise because nobody really notices Tommy, but I think most managers in the Premier League know the great job he has done over the last few years. He keeps going from strength to strength."

Thistle haven't beaten St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park since 1994 but Archibald is confident that a similar performance to the one against Dundee United can bring another positive result.

"A lot of the stuff we did (in the Dundee United game) was positive. We started off on the front foot and we need to do that again.

"They are a tough side to break down, they've got a great defensive record but they're now scoring goals as well and I think that's why they are on such a good run.

"We just need to make sure that we're tight at the back but also a threat going forward."

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