Queens ‘will learn’ from 4-1 thumping
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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