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This was a much improved performance today from a Queens side that seemed determined to show what they were capable of. There were a couple of changes with the biggest surprise being Derek Allan replaced by Jim Thomson as Allan had apparently been shown the red card after the end of last weeks match against Brechin City - news to us all. The other change to the starting eleven saw David Bagan return in place of Paul Burns. On the bench there was a surprise re-call for the departing Joe McAlpine although he was not to see any action whilst loan Hearts winger Paul McMullan, Stephen Payne, Paul Burns and Colin Scott made up the numbers.

The game itself got off to a quiet start and it wasn't until almost a quarter of an hour had passed until there was any real action to note as a long clearance from Craig Samson was headed on by Alex Burke to Emilio Jaconelli whose goal bound shot was well blocked by Stephen Fraser.

Queens were doing all the pressing at this stage with Gibson and Paton the play makers. Alex Burke seems to be getting even better with every match he plays, or maybe people are realising just how much he will be missed and how much he contributes. He demonstrated his skills in the twenty-second minute as he turned and shot at goal only to see his effort deflected past for a corner with Cuthbert well beaten. A brief foray forward for Saints followed without them creating any real concern for the home side.

A combination of Burke, Bowey and Jaconelli on the half-hour mark ended in a miss-hit Bowser shot trundling past, then a few minutes later a corner at the other end was fumbled by Craig Samson but fortunately Paul Bernard shot well over the bar. Three minutes later and the Perth Saints should have taken the lead as Stuart Taylor was the recipient of a flick on in the box that saw him faced with just Craig Samson in the Queens goal, the number eleven could not compose himself enough and blasted the ball against the bar and away to safety.

Queens were still producing chances although it didn't look like we were going to score too many. Emilio was having another 'bad luck' half and this was typified just five minutes before the end of the half as Cuthbert managed to get to a Burke through ball just before Emilio and then dropped the ball before the striker could nip it back off him. The last action of the half saw Craig Samson save us as he leapt to his left to made a spectacular one handed save to deny Taylor.
You'd better be sure when Mambo is around.
The second half, like the first started slowly although the departing Andy Aitken picked up a rare booking. The resultant free kick being fed through to Mark Reilly but the tough tackling midfielder could only stab his effort past the post.

Fifteen minutes into the half and the game sprang to life with a superb Eric Paton strike that, had it gone in, would surely have been goal of the season. Paton struck a superb shot past the helpless Cuthbert only to see it crash off the post and rebound to safety, from here the ball was played upfield and as Parker and Reid tangled the stability of Parker was again brought into question as the little fellow crumpled to the ground inside the box! Naturally a penalty was awarded and duly converted by Simon Donnelly to give the Perth Saints an undeserved lead. This rocked Queens and the lead could have doubled minutes later as Parker rounded Samson and shot toward goal only to see Jim Thomson making the blocking interception.
Donnelly chips it past Samson.
An unexplicable refereeing decision caused controversy with fifteen minutes to go as a Saints player lay prone on the half-way line and play raged on around him, the ball was fed through and played across goal, it was almost out when the referee decided to stop play to allow treatment. Rather than start the match with a throw to Queens he awarded a drop ball that he expected Queens to play out of the park, which Andy Aitken duly did, however captain Steve Bowey was less than pleased and made his feelings known to Aitken and the referee.

The good thing about the incident was that it instilled some more passion into the play and within minutes the game was level as a superb turn on Saints left-back Baxter by Willie Gibson left him for dead and allowed Willie to square the ball across the goal where Emilio Jaconelli was happy to force it over the line to equalise and keep up his scoring record.
Cuthbert just manages to hold the ball in this Queens attack.
Queens clearly had the bit between their teeth now and with Alex Burke looking for a through ball Steve Bowey elected to attempt a curling shot into the 'keepers left hand corner that only just skimmed past the post. The rest of the half was played out with Queens pressing and almost snatching it as first Emilio had a shot that was fortunate to be blocked as the defender had no idea what was happening and then finally the ball ran across the six yard box with no takers for Queens.

In summary this was a good performance from Queens much better than recent showings and getting back to the early season form that we had all witnessed. Hopefully a win in Dingwall will lift us further up the table and maybe a last game showdown with Falkirk will see us better last seasons finish.

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