Shameful performance that surely puts the manager's position in doubt
Last week's 4-1-4-1 formation was retained but with the returning Nicky Clark in the lone striker role, and last week's forward Declan McManus wide right in place of Kallum Higginbotham. After 35 minutes the formation was changed to 4-4-2 with Nat Wedderburn subbed, Michael Paton moved to the right wing and Dean Shiels brought on, meaning the club's only actual central midfielder was withdrawn, and the 2 centre midfield positions were filled by a centre half (Lewis Martin) and a former striker (Shiels).
MINUTES THAT MATTERED:
4' Queens' Andy Stirling hit a shot that was saved by Sean Murdoch
8' GOAL 1-0 to Queens. Stirling back heeled the ball to Chris Kane who shot past Murdoch
14' Joe Cardle's effort was saved by Queens' keeper Alan Martin
27' GOAL Dobbie turned Ryan Williamson inside out and passed to Kane to score his second
30' Stirling had a chance to make it 3-0 with the Pars defence AWOL but shot at Murdoch
35' Wedderburn subbed, Shiels on, formation changed to 4-4-2
46' Queens almost made it 3-0 seconds into the second half but Kane's shot narrowly went over the bar from distance
47' GOAL Williamson's cross was met by Nicky Clark to pull a goal back
75' GOAL Dobbie got his first goal and Queen's third after Shiels lost possession. Murdoch was forced to run out of his goal but his attempted clearance fell to Dobbie who placed the ball into the empty goal
80' GOAL Morris, already booked, and who had been saved from a second yellow minutes earlier, gave away a penalty from which Dobbie scored to make it 4-1 to Queens
85' GOAL Clark pulled the ball back for McManus to head into the net from a yard out. 4-2 Queens.
90' GOAL With the Dunfermline team having lost interest in the game, Dobbie got his third with zero resistance from the home side
A complete shambles from start to finish and a game that brought shame on our club. Starting with 1 up front, changing formation after 35 minutes and subbing the club's only available central midfielder (Nat Wedderburn, who sat in the dug out in the huff at half time before walking back down the track at the start of the second half). A defence that was all over the place, with Ryan Williamson made to look foolish by Queens' Stephen Dobbie, and captain Callum Morris having a nightmare, booked and then saved from a second yellow card by a sympathetic referee - you know it's bad when Willie Collum takes pity on you.
From the start, when Queens almost scored with their first attack, the signs were there: disjointed and lacking any semblance of decent organisation, the team looked like a collection of drunks meandering out of the pub after closing time. Johnston, meanwhile, stood on the touchline waving his arms around in a manner reminiscent of Dick Campbell in his time as Pars boss. No clue. Just get the ball up the park.
This performance went beyond "unacceptable". It was an insult to the history of our club. We have no divine right to win, but this certainly is not how to lose a game. After the fourth goal, the team gave up. They simply stopped trying.
Dobbie was outstanding for Queens, and as a football fan credit must be given to him for taking full advantage of the situation. He can be glad that Johnston isn't his manager, otherwise he'd probably be playing at left back.
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