Sloppy Spi­ders pay the penalty

Queen’s give away three spot-kicks

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Gus MacPher­son in­sists Queen’s Park’s per­for­mance in Satur­day’s hum­bling at Air­drieo­ni­ans was com­pletely out of char­ac­ter.

The Spi­ders lost a bizarre game at New Broom­field which fea­tured four penal­ties and a red card.

Iain Rus­sell scored a hat-trick of spot-kicks to set the Di­a­monds on the road to vic­tory with Scott Ste­wart also on tar­get.

Queen’s had pulled it back to 1-1 mid­way through the first half when Ross Millen net­ted from the spot.

But the Glas­gow side were al­ways play­ing catch-up and the game was over as a con­test by the time Air­drie sub Kevin Schmidt was sent off for vi­o­lent con­duct.

Queen’s host Sten­house­muir in a base­ment bat­tle this Satur­day at Ham­p­den – and MacPher­son ad­mits how his side re­sponds to this set­back is key.

He said: “We’re very dis­ap­pointed. We set a high stan­dard against East Fife but that dropped con­sid­er­ably in this game.

“Take noth­ing away from Air­drie – we made some poor de­ci­sions de­fen­sively and they pun­ished us.

“It was a very un­usual per­for­mance from us and Air­drie didn’t have to work hard for their goals.

“Our pass­ing was slack and we were very lethar­gic – it was very un­like us.

“To be fair to the play­ers, they are as down as any­body. They know when they’ve played well and they know when they haven’t played well.

“We have to look at our­selves and see where we can im­prove.

“You lick your wounds and it is how you re­act in the next game which is most im­por­tant.”

Air­drie took the lead in the ninth minute when Rus­sell scored from the spot af­ter Adam Cum­mins brought down Andy Ryan.

But the Spi­ders lev­elled when Millen just got the ball home from a penalty fol­low­ing Daniel Boateng’s barge on Dario Zanatta.

Ryan McGeever was harshly judged to have felled Ryan in the 27th minute which led to an­other penalty, which Rus­sell con­verted to make it 2-1.

The Spi­ders were un­der the cosh be­fore the break when Ste­wart pow­er­fully headed home Ryan Con­roy’s corner, and their hopes of a fight­back were all but dashed when Rus­sell notched his tre­ble fol­low­ing a Millen hand­ball in the box.

Air­drie fin­ished with 10 men af­ter Schmidt blasted the ball at Paul Woods af­ter ref Greg Aitken awarded the Spi­ders a free-kick.

MacPher­son added: “I don’t think I’ve ever been in­volved in a game where three penal­ties for the op­po­si­tion have cost us. But that’s down to de­ci­sion-mak­ing. “If you lose goals, you lose games. “You just have to go back to do­ing the ba­sics well. If you do that, you give your­self a chance of win­ning. That’s the frus­tra­tion you get – it’s about con­sis­tency.”

Four pens Dar­ren Miller ap­peals as the ref award Air­dries an­other penalty

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