It's like watching the same mediocre movie on an endless loop. More possession than the opposition but no end product. Urgency only showed when falling behind to opponents who would have been delighted with a point. Manager who is unable to motivate and whose substitutions are detrimental to the team's chance of success.
No changes were made to the starting lineup - another indication of Allan Johnston's limitations, sticking with what he knows. Keeping faith with a striker who hasn't scored a League goal all season and who has 2 goals against Brechin and none in his other 13 appearances this term.
The first half was typical of the turgid dross that we have been served up with in recent weeks. A misdirected shot from Louis Longridge was the best opportunity in the opening 45 minutes. Queens were toothless, Stephen Dobbie a peripheral figure. We had most of the ball and as usual there were some attractive flicks and passes around the area between 30-40 yards from the opposition goal.
The second half began with Lee Ashcroft's header being tipped over by Queens keeper Alan Martin. Then Faissal somehow missed from a yard out, when a perfect cross evaded his head - he was to play some neat football in areas that didn't matter and was eventually substituted.
The substitutions. Just as in the game at home to Queens last season (losing 5-2), when Allan Johnston played several players out of position, he did so again today. Perhaps not as many as in that game, but showing similarly muddled thinking. 71st minute: Faissal off: Myles Hippolyte on. To play on the wing, leading to Wee Aidan Connolly to move from the wing into attack alongside Andy Ryan. This experiment lasted for 8 wasted minutes. Connolly made zero impact in his striker role. 79th minute: Johnston took off Ryan and replaced him with Aidan Keena. We now had the 2 Aidans up front. The minutes ticked by. 84th minute: Queens score with their only shot of the game. Hippolyte was then told to go up front and Connolly returned to the wing, or somewhere near the wing. 'Right winger' Louis Longridge often drifted across to double up with Connolly somewhere near the left wing, while on the right side, James Craigen was the only option, playing at right back but offering no attacking threat. Ryan Williamson was the logical replacement but he remained an unused sub. 85th minute: the manager withdrew the tiring Malaury Martin. Instead of pushing an extra forward on (Robbie Muirhead), Martin was replaced with Joe Thomson, another central midfielder.
It was a mess.
It's time for change - recent results, when we defeated a poor Partick team thanks to a bad defensive error, and then won against the worst Falkirk team ever, should not mask the dire quality of play. The manager repeated the same tired old lines in his post-match interview. Something about working hard, being more clinical, etc, etc.
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