3:00 PM
Palmerston Park

  • Robinson

  • Reid

  • Campbell

  • McGuffie

  • Higgins

  • Carmichael

  • McKenna

  • Simmons

  • Clark


  • Sub2



  • Sub1


  • McKenzie

  • Black

  • Sub1-66

  • Smillie

  • Sub2-79

  • Sub2-79

  • Sub2-79

Gus MacPherson made just one change to the team that began against Ayr last time out, with Nicky Clark replacing the injured Scott McLaughlin as Queens lined up with a 4-5-1 formation. Visitors Dundee included former Queens man Ryan Conroy on the bench as well as Scotland U19 player Leighton McIntosh, scorer of Scotland`s opening goal in the 3-1 victory over Wales last weekend.


The game began fairly brightly with the visitors having some good early possession, but it was Queens who had the first glimmer of a chance when Danny Carmichael showed good skill just inside the box, but he was crowded out by the recovering O`Donnell. Allan Johnston then made good progress down the left, his attempted cross being blocked away for the first corner of the game. Johnston took the kick himself, but his high, hanging cross was comfortably collected by Dundee `Keeper Douglas under no pressure. Tom Brighton playing as the lone striker did well to create a half chance for Clark, but his shot was blocked by Benedictus almost before it left his foot. Dundee then created a half chance of their own when a long ball from the back by McKeown fell nicely to McCluskey, but his shot didn`t have enough power to cause Robinson any problems. The first of four yellow cards of the game was produced by referee Tumility after just 17 minutes, as Stephen McKenna was late on Riley in midfield as Dundee broke following a Queens attack.For the next few minutes, the game went through a rather scrappy phase with both sides giving the ball away rather needlessly, and although Dundee had more of the ball, they had few options in the final third of the pitch, which meant that their promising approach play was often wasted.


Chris Higgins joined McKenna in the book after a strong challenge on Benedictus, and from the resulting free-kick the ball broke to Riley who drilled a low shot to Robinson`s right, but the `keeper was equal to it and pushed it behind for a corner as the away support roared their delight at what they thought was a goal. The visitors captain O`Donnell was then shown a yellow for a clumsy challenge on Carmichael, and the free kick finally ended with Clark hitting a shot from 20 yards out well wide. Four minutes before the break a quickly taken free-kick by Allan Johnston released Clark who reacted well to Johnston`s pass, but in trying to lob Douglas from a difficult angle, put the ball high and wide of the target, and the interval was reached with neither side being able to find the net.


 Carmichael is upended by O`Donnell

Clark lobs Douglas but it was too high to trouble the Dundee goals




Neither side made changes at the break, and it was the visitors who began quickly again with Riley running at pace down the left before cutting inside and shooting only just wide of the far post. The tricky winger was clearly the best hope Dundee had of taking anything from the game, and it was fortunate for Queens that he drifted in and out of as he looked lively and creative almost every time he was involved.


The yellow card count reached four just short of the hour mark when Lockwood clattered into Carmichael, and from Clark`s free-kick, Chris Higgins climbed above the Dundee defence but powered his header wide of the far post. Dundee made a double change on the hour as Bayne and Conroy replaced Chisholm and McCluskey,and the scrappy play of the first half  returned and a series of free-kicks and further substitutions broke the game up, and as such the whole affair became a hard watch for the 1649 spectators in the ground. The game was crying out for something to spark it into life, but it just wasn`t to be. Queens first change saw youngster Kevin Holt replace Tom Brighton,who to be fair struggled up front with not much support, although Danny Carmichael and Nicky Clark tried hard to help but they were more often than not very isolated against a solid Dundee defence.


A delightful ball from Johnston found Carmichael on the right, and the winger cut inside before shooting from a fairly tight angle across Douglas, but his effort was comfortable for the big `keeper. That was Johnston`s last contribution as he made way for Ian McShane with 10 minutes left. Moments later Queens were handed a bonus as a misplaced back pass from McGregor under no pressure, handed them a corner, which was met by Ryan McGuffie`s glancing header, but unfortunately it caused no problems for the defence as the ball flew well wide of the far post. As time began to run out both teams had half chances to win the game, a shot from Higgins following a free-kick was easily held by Douglas, and Stephen Simmons tried a curler from just outside the box on the left that was only a yard or so too high. Clark left the game after being caught in a heavy tackle and was replaced by Ryan Smillie for the remaining couple of minutes, but right on the stroke of full-time it was the visitors who almost claimed all three points. A deep cross to the back post fell kindly for the left foot of substitute Conroy and his drive back across goal went marginally past the far upright with Robinson almost certainly beaten. The game barely had time to restart before the referee called a halt to proceedings, with both teams seemingly happy to have collected a point. 


Not the best game Palmerston has ever witnessed, and certainly one that won`t stay in the memory for too long,but a point is a point and the losing run has ended, although the fact that Queens haven`t scored for over 3 and a half games now will be of some concern to the management. Not sure if a man of the match was awarded today, but for me it would have been close between Campbell,McGuffie and Higgins, with Ryan McGuffie just edging it for me.


No game next week due to Internationals, so let`s hope the next match report is a winning one when Queens visit Falkirk.




Sorry, there is no image gallery for this fixture.
Sorry, no highlights are available for this fixture yet.
Check out more videos on our Youtbue Channel
Sorry, no podcasts available for this fixture yet.
Check out more podcasts on our SoundCloud page
Dour Basement Battle Ends Scoreless
Posted in Match Reports on 02/10/2011 13:52

Match report updated.

Gus MacPherson made just one change to the team that began against Ayr last time out, with Nicky Clark replacing the injured Scott McLaughlin as Q ...

Read Full Report

Good Afternoon! @BruceKMcKenzie with you this afternoon from Pamerston.. here`s the teams:
QoS: Robinson-Reid-Higgins-Simmons-Campbell-McGuffie-Johnston-McKenna-Brighton-Clark-Carmichael.
SUBS: Black-Holt-Smillie-McShane-McKenzie(GK)
Dee: Douglas-Irvine-Lockwood-O`Donnell-McKeown-McGregor-Riley-Benedictus-Milne-Chisholm-McCluskey
0 min - KICK OFF
0 min - KICK OFF
1 min
We`re underway... despite best efforts of Andy, our web guru, I had a weee issue with kickoff time there! My bad!
3 min
Tom Brighton has started well up top for Queens with a couple of nice touches so far.
3 min
QoS corner after Johnston got to the byeline
4 min
Douglas rises to pluck the cross out of the air though
5 min
Queens are looking like a 4-5-1 at the moment, although the shapes for both teams have been dragged about a bit in the opening minutes
6 min
Danny Carmichael wins a free kick chasing down the right hand side
7 min
But Dundee smash it clear.. bit scrappy so far
10 min
Don`t forget I`ll have the post-match audio for you @BruceKMcKenzie on Twitter or www.brucekmckenzie.co.uk
14 min
Lee Robinson has to look sharp to make a good save from McCluskey.. best chance of the game so far
14 min
Lee Robinson has to look sharp to make a good save from McCluskey.. best chance of the game so far
15 min
QoS corner... Douglas grabs it again, but spills under pressure from McGuffie.. only to get it at the 2nd attempt
16 min
Ncily Clark lets fly from 25yards after a nice pass from Higgins but it`s blocked and as Queens dash backwards...
16 min
there`s a YELLOW CARD: for Steven McKenna
17 min
A ball over the top to Riley has Queens in trouble but eventually the home side mop up
23 min
One or two niggly wee things happening so far, feet being left in after tackles etc.. I suspect there could be more cards from the ref today
25 min
YELLOW CARD: Chris Higgins gets booked. Looked a bit soft, really
26 min
A roar goes up from the away support as Riley`s shot flashed past the post.. it looked in from their angle I suspect!
27 min
Alan Reid heads clear for Queens... it`s all Dundee at this stage
28 min
Elsewhere, there`s a goal for Ex-Queens defender Mark McAusland for St Mirren away at ICT
29 min
Whilst the only goal in the 1st Division this afternoon so far is at Victoria Park where Ross County lead Ayr 1-0
32 min
YELLOW CARD: Stephen O`Donnell gets booked for a lunge at Carmichael
32 min
From the attack Brighton blasts over
35 min
This game really needs a goal to liven things up..
36 min
I`ve been impressed again with Alan Reid, working the right-hand channel well to feed Carmichael a few times
37 min
Neil MacGregor goes to the deck fairly theatrically after a tackled from Johnston but it`s all hugs and smiles so no card
38 min
At the other end, MacGregor has a gymnastic attempt at a bicycle kick but it`s well off target
39 min
CORRECTION: Irvine had the attempt
40 min
Official Attendance: 1649
40 min
Great chance for Queens there.. a quick free kick over the top fed Clark who, at full stretch` couldn`t keep the lob under the bar
41 min
Carmichael is knocked to the deck when he looked to be running onto a through ball, but no reaction from the referee Mike Tumilty
44 min
There`s the whistle..
Half Time - HALF TIME
Half Time
No changes at the break by the looks of it...
45 min - SECOND HALF
48 min
Little of note so far in the 2nd period.. although there`s an early chance after Carmichael cuts a cross back across the 6yd line
49 min
At the other end, Riley (who has been Dee`s best performer of the day) fires over from 25yds
51 min
Simmons blasts the ball over from 30 yards when he had support to do more with it..
53 min
YELLOW CARD: Lockwood enters the book
53 min
From the free kick, Higgins heads over from close range
56 min
Rab Douglas has taken everything in the air today.. you have to wonder why Queens are sticking set pieces up there in that way...
63 min
64 min
64 min
Riley wins a corner for Dundee
66 min
Kevin Holt is getting stripped ready for action...
66 min
70 min
Lovely long ball from Johnston to Carmichael, who controlled beautifully before stroking a shot goalward, just not enough behind it
77 min
A mistake from McGregor gives Queens a corner
78 min
This is the only goal-less game in the 1st Division at the moment and it`s difficult to see one coming..
78 min
There`s a bit of spark as Queens attack now... and the noise levels rise a bit
78 min
McShane gets ready to come on...
79 min
80 min
Holt`s shot blocked by a defender.. falls to Higgins but Douglas is equal to that effort
83 min
www.brucekmckenzie.co.uk for the post match thoughts of the managers or follow @BruceKMcKenzie on Twitter or Bruce McKenzie media guy on FB
84 min
It`s perfectly poised here for some late drama.. is there to be a late winner?
86 min
Nicky Clark is dogged there and wins the ball.. Simmons picks it up and curls one just wide and high of the nets
86 min
SUB (Dee): MCINTOSH replaces MILNE
90+1 min
Nicky Clark is down clutching his calf.. I suspect it`s just cramp
90+2 min
90+3 min
A late chance for Dundee falls wide
16:48 - FULL TIME