IRN OUT THE PROBLEMS
Boss’ call before cup clash in Fife
Gary Naysmith admitted Queens will crash out of the Irn-Bru Cup – if they start the tie like their last match.
The disjointed Doonhamers trailed 3-0 after just 25 minutes in their Palmerston game with Alloa before a Stephen Dobbie treble earned a point.
Now Naysmith is demanding more fizz in their display at his former club East Fife tomorrow in their IrnBru third round showdown.
He said: “If we play the way we did in the first half-hour last week there’s every chance of us being beaten.
“We never got started against Alloa. It’s as poor as we have been as a team since this group was put together.
“East Fife have won six in a row and at any level of senior football that’s fantastic. They’ll fancy their chances.
“Plus, East Fife put out Partick Thistle who didn’t make a lot of changes to their first team, maybe only two or three. So, they are on form. It’s a tough place to go and we need to be up for it.”
The Queens boss hinted at a reshuffle for the cup clash.
He added: “We’ll think about protecting a few of our players for the league after we see who is available.
“We don’t have the biggest of squads and Gary Harkins is out for between four and five weeks.
“He has a hamstring tear on his first assessment and that’s unfortunate for us and for him.
“He hasn’t had an injury like that in his entire career. Gary has played in every game and is a big player for us.
“He is one of our attackers and we have not got an abundance of players like that. However, like any injury, it means someone else is going to be given their chance.”
Putting pen to paper Stephen Dobbie.
Out Gary Harkins hobbles off after tearing his hamstring