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A BLUNT edge in front of goal cost the Jags the points against Lossiemouth despite a decent performance.

Buckie could not find a way through to goal and had the extra burden of playing with 10 men after assistant manager Lewis MacKinnon was given his marching orders with only 10 minutes played.

The result marked the end of a frustrating week for Thistle, having lost to Fraserburgh by the odd goal in an 11-goal penalty shoot-out.

Although disappointed by the loss, Jags boss Graeme Stewart was not overly downcast by Saturday’s reverse.

“The first goal we conceded was a bit of a soft one, although the second was when we were pushing up to try and get an equaliser. I’m not too worried about that one,” he said. “The guys played well, as they did against the Broch, but again without getting any reward.

“We’re lacking a proven goalscorer and this is what cost us. We were creating the chances but not taking them, while Lossie took theirs, simple as that. They shut up shop after they scored and made it hard for us.

“The guys coped well with Lewis’s sending off, which I thought was a bit harsh – perhaps more worthy of a booking – but they tired towards the end as 10 men were doing the work of 11.”

Stewart picked out Kevin Fraser and Iain MacRae as the standout players for the Jags on a fruitless afternoon.

On Wednesday night the Jags will visit Princess Royal Park in Banff to face Deveronvale in a match the Thistle boss described as a “big game”.

He added: “We’ve lost a couple of games on the bounce and have to start winning again. We’ve got to start finding the net.”

Match Photo’s Courtesy of Allan Robertson

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