|2004/05 Season Review
||A serialised account of our season by our man who has been at every match home and away - Ewan Lithgow
|Part Four - October 2004|
The month of October started with St Mirren bringing their unbeaten League record to Palmerston where Queens had still to win this season. In such scenarios of course the outcome is inevitable. Queens were in outstanding form and won 2-1 thanks to early goals from Paul Burns and David McNiven. St Mirren though were never going to give up without a fight and put in an excellent second half performance capped by a goal credited to John Baird though it took a huge deflection off of Jim Thomson.
Much of the following week was taken up with speculation linking the club to Rob Lee, the former Newcastle United and England midfielder with conflicting stories issued from various club sources. In the end though, whatever the true story was, there was no signature forthcoming.
Next up at Palmerston though was the return of John Connolly to Palmerston and his side staged a smash and grab act to win 1-0 thanks to Chris Hay's fine strike from outside the penalty box.
Bowser rounds the entire Saint's defence
A week later the perfect away record crashed as well with a 1-0 defeat at Ross County. It was one of the most abject performances of the season and it took to the 88th minute for Jaconelli to put a shot on target. For all County's dominance though it took a special strike from Don Cowie to earn the points. An interesting development though was the presence at the game of Derek Lyle. The reasons became clear later in the week when it was confirmed that he had re-signed for the club on a free from Dunfermline despite interest from St Mirren, Clyde and St Johnstone.
The final match of a largely unsuccessful month saw a 2-0 defeat at Clyde. Tommy English's error presented the ball to Craig Bryson and although Colin Scott saved his shot that infernal terror of Queens Ian Harty followed up to open the scoring. The same player netted his second following a penalty somewhat dubiously given against Gary Wood. The match was also notable for the loss of Brian Reid to a serious knee injury that required surgery and would keep him out for three months, seriously affecting the solidity of the defence for good measure.
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