A poor game ends goalless with neither team impressing
Same starting 11 as in the previous game v Livi. Kallum Higginbotham and Lewis Martin returned to the squad with Dean Shiels and Fraser Aird dropping out.
MINUTES THAT MATTERED
8' Queen's keeper Jack Leighfield tipped over a 30 yard shot from Declan McManus
25' Andy Ryan saw his header from a McManus cross narrowly miss the goal
47' Lee Robinson turned Landon Dykes' shot round the post
50' Queens' Connor Murray sent a shot high over from inside the box
51' Robinson fumbled a cross but the Pars defence cleared the ball upfield
75' Pars sub Kallum Higginbotham had a chance from a James Craigen corner but could not finish
78' McManus was pulled down by Kyle Jacobs as he ran through on goal but referee Don Robertson decided to issue a yellow rather than a red card to the Queens player
80' Leighfield saved a Craigen free kick with his legs
Had this been a pre-season friendly, the lack of urgency shown by both sides might have been understandable. However, with a chance of a top 4 promotion play-off place still possible for both clubs, neither showed nearly enough desire, skill or passion required in a League match at this time of the season, or indeed any point of the season.
The team lined up in the same 4-3-1-2 formation that drew 0-0 at Livingston in the previous game. The new midfield 3 of James Vincent, Tom Beadling and James Craigen were less effective in this game, often anonymous and although providing a better shield to the back 4 than the former central midfield pairing of Nat Wedderburn and Dean Shiels in a 4-4-2, there was a noticable lack of creativity. It wasn't until Kallum Higginbotham was introduced, after 67 minutes, that the team had any creative spark, and also when Joe Cardle was given 4 minutes at the end. The option of a third sub was not taken up.
The football on display was dire. It is very difficult to be positive about the game, not just as a Dunfermline fan but also as a football fan. Lumps up the park, miscontrolling, passes going astray. The only time the game lit up was when referee Don Robertson decided against an obvious red card for Kyle Jacobs when he pulled down Declan McManus as the Pars striker ran through on goal.
Two clean sheets in a row in the past two away games shows that we have improved defensively but there was little in the way of attacking threat to win the game. Pars keeper Lee Robinson will be pleased with his shut out but was still error-prone. He also, strangely, decided to head away a punt up the park from Queens when it reached him inside his penalty box, with no Queens player next to him, when a simple catch was possible.
Match photo gallery will be posted later today.
All photos by Pars Review.