An awful game of football, littered with basic errors, poor passing, untidy patterns of play and aimless lumps up the park. Add to that an incompetent referee and North Stand side linesman, and you have a game that ranks up there with the worst I have seen for many years. The sheer lack of skill, with both sides continually losing possession, unable to string 2 passes together, goalkeepers barely tested, and time-wasting by the opposition keeper, showing lack of ambition of an epic scale given the dreadful game he was part of, all combined to give the crowd a very poor night's "entertainment".
Usually in match reports there are incidents to report on, but the game was, in the main, one dreadful, depressing sequence of all of the elements listed above, merging into one substandard blob. The Moff scored his first goal since December to put Dunfermline ahead after 17 minutes. Queens' John Rankin should have been sent off for an assault on Jason Talbot but was merely yellow carded. In the 28th minute, Rankin's wildly-off target shot was turned into the net by Joe Thomson for the equaliser. This typified the game: weak refereeing, a player who shouldn't have been on the park then miscues a shot, which ends up in a goal being scored, no skill involved and the home defence posted missing.
In the second half, Allan Johnston made 3 like-for-like changes, proving yet again that he cannot and will not deviate from 4-4-2 and can only switch players who have a direct replacement in the same position. Joe Cardle, Gavin Reilly and Michael Paton replaced Kallum Higginbotham, the Moff and Paul McMullan. Paton had some nice touches, Cardle cut inside a few times, and Reilly was anonymous.
John Herron missed twice from headers that should have been buried, while Nicky Clark hit the post with a shot when he really should have scored. Queens had isolated breakaways but the match was bogged down in a turgid game of who can make the most mistakes.
So another 1-1 draw at home, another game closer to the end of the season. Where was the great football played at Hibs and at home to Dumbarton? Let's hope this was just a bad night.
Pars team and subs, with marks out of 10:
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