Why? Harkins was ineffective the whole game, apart from one cross from a free kick that hit the top of the bar. His penalty was a disgrace, even if the keeper dives to a corner his trailing leg will always stop a weak penalty rolled down the middle. If you're going to go down the middle get it half way up the net at least.
Said it last week, this 4-2-2-2 doesn't work. At times we are keeping the ball for fun, but we end up having to go back to McPake/Konrad more often than not because we have no outlets out wide. When the full backs do push on, we end up with huge gaps down the flanks. I could see the point in trying to accommodate two strikers, if we had two good strikers but we don't. Our strength is clearly in midfield, so let's pack it out. It would give us some extra options instead of playing through the middle all the time. I think it would benefit McGinn also if he had a midfielder to overlap.
Partick looked very good up until the scored, and then didn't really offer much for the rest of the half and then offered nothing at all the whole of the second half. After the Partick fans bigging up their midfield after the Ross County game I was fearful we might get the run around with this 4222 formation but, the first 10 mins aside, they didn't cause us any problems.
Cracking strike for the goal mind you.