Stag­gies need Fergie time for late win­ner

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Mail Sport - Lin­day Herron

With Queens in front through Stephen Dob­bie’s 82nd-minute goal, Jags mid­fielder Blair Spit­tal was de­nied a spot-kick when he was sent sprawl­ing by Michael Doyle deep in stop­page time.

The de­ci­sion left Cald­well per­plexed and the This­tle boss said: “Ev­ery­one in the ground thought it was a penalty.

“The ref said there had been County co-boss Steven Fer­gu­son breathed a sigh of re­lief af­ter Keith Wat­son’s last-gasp win­ner kept the ti­tle heat on Ayr United.

It looked as if it would be a day of frus­tra­tion as County bat­tered the Wasps who de­fended for their lives.

But Wat­son came to the res­cue when he headed home with sec­onds to go and Fer­gu­son knows how im­por­tant it was to close con­tact but not enough. I didn’t know you had to have a spe­cific amount of con­tact. I’ve just found that out to­day.”

Cald­well’s side bossed the first half and came close on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions.

Chris Ersk­ine forced a save from home keeper Alan Martin and Kris Doolan let off a cou­ple of shots be­fore his re­bound was scram­bled off the line.

Queens strug­gled to test

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to two points be­hind Ian McCall’s Hon­est Men.

He said: “They’re huge points for us.

“It looked like just be­ing a point so to come away with three is su­per-pleas­ing – there’s a bit of re­lief in that keeper Jamie Sned­don, with a Gary Harkins shot sail­ing past in 25 min­utes and top scorer Dob­bie fir­ing beyond the far post 14 min­utes later.

The sec­ond half was a dire af­fair and summed up when Queens striker Lyn­don Dykes blun­dered on the hour. Teed up by Andy Stir­ling, Dykes tried to f ind Dob­bie in­stead of shoot­ing from 15 yards – to the fury of the home sup­port.

Mo­ments later Dykes nod­ded wide with Sned­don rooted.

At the other end, a header by Sean McGinty was cleared off one. Some­times you have to credit the op­po­si­tion and the way they threw their bodies on the line and their goal­keeper had a cou­ple of fan­tas­tic saves.

“But to get the last-minute goal is al­ways nice.”

Jamie Lind­say passed up two great first-half chances, first shoot­ing straight at Neil Parry then fir­ing over the cross­bar.

Billy Mckay then missed the line by Jor­dan Mar­shall.

With eight min­utes left on the clock, Dob­bie raced into the box, drew the keeper from his line and slot­ted low into the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner be­fore in­jur­ing his ham­string while cel­e­brat­ing.

Then came the late drama – and even Queens man­ager Gary Nay­smith ad­mit­ted Doyle’s foul was a penalty.

He said: “We’re due good for­tune af­ter miss­ing out on a few things re­cently. But credit to my team for their de­fen­sive dis­play. It got us the win.” two good op­por­tu­ni­ties while Parry de­nied Josh Mullin three times.

But with al­most the last kick of the game Mullin swung a ball in to the back post and Wat­son was there to power a header down and seal the three points.

Wasps boss Jim Good­win said: “I have no ar­gu­ments with the end re­sult – Ross County were the bet­ter team on the day.”

SLOT MA­CHINE Dob­bie tucks away his 29th goal of the sea­son to clinch vic­tory for Queens TOUCH AND GO Spit­tal tum­bles but it’s no penalty

FERGIE happy with late win

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