IRN OUT THE PROB­LEMS

Boss’ call be­fore cup clash in Fife

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE BACK PAGE - Kenny Mac­Don­ald

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.”

Pic QoSFC

Putting pen to pa­per Stephen Dob­bie.

Out Gary Harkins hob­bles off af­ter tear­ing his ham­string

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