Queens ‘will learn’ from 4-1 thump­ing

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Al­though their Wil­liam Hill Scot­tish Cup dreams are over for an­other sea­son, Queens boss Gary Nay­smith was proud of his play­ers for their ef­forts against Aberdeen.

The Cham­pi­onship side even­tu­ally suc­cumbed to a 4-1 de­feat but the man­ager be­lieves they gave every­thing in the game.

He said: “It was a big learn­ing curve for our play­ers, against a top, top team, but they ac­quit­ted them­selves well.

“They did the club proud and I was proud of them as their man­ager.

“We have to take the pos­i­tives from the game and there are a lot of pos­i­tives there.

“Fair play to Aberdeen, they made a change and it worked for them but for a large part of the game we matched them.

“We will never be happy get­ting beaten but some­times you have to look at who you are play­ing.”

Nay­smith feels the score­line flat­tered the top-flight hosts and was harsh on his play­ers.

He added: “Never in a month of Sun­days should that have fin­ished 4-1 and that’s where I feel for the play­ers.

“Should Aberdeen have won the game? Over the piece, yes.

“But should it have been that score­line? No chance. It was never a 4-1 game, it was never a penalty.

“Aberdeen de­served to win the game but for more than 60 min­utes we more than matched them.

“We scored a fan­tas­tic goal and it was just un­for­tu­nate that we couldn’t hold on and build on that.

“We con­ceded two goals pretty quickly, three is hard enough but when it goes to four you think it might go on and be more. Credit to the play­ers, they kept go­ing.”

The Palmer­ston chief knows ex­actly where the game got away from his side as Aberdeen marched into the last eight.

Nay­smith said: “The 15-minute spell be­tween 60 to 75 min­utes is where we lost the game.

“They got the goals that knocked the stuff­ing out of us and I felt for the play­ers then be­cause ev­ery Aberdeen player wanted the ball but we hung in and de­fended well and still car­ried a threat go­ing for­ward.

“We were blocked at a cor­ner and never stopped a cross for the third and that shouldn’t hap­pen.

“At that stage you just want to keep the score down and that’s what I’m say­ing about the penalty. It doesn’t make a big dif­fer­ence to the game but it can make a dif­fer­ence to the re­sult be­cause the play­ers’ heads can go down and they wouldn’t have de­served that.”

With the cup com­pe­ti­tions over, Nay­smith and his play­ers will now turn their at­ten­tion to the league cam­paign, with Dundee United the visi­tors on Satur­day.

Nay­smith said: “We will pick the bones from the Aberdeen game and take the pos­i­tives from it and fo­cus on our re­main­ing league games.

“It’s a very tight league. With the bot­tom sides start­ing to pick up points, there is not a lot be­tween the teams. It’s the one league in the coun­try that you don’t know what is go­ing to hap­pen.

“We’ve lost three of our last four games which is un­like us, so we need to re­fresh and re­fo­cus to get the league cam­paign back on track, start­ing against United.”

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