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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH .............. 0 PARTICK THISTLE .........................3 Stephen Temlett Queen of the South delivered one of their worst performances of the season against Partick Thistle.
And it would prove to be the last of Gary Naysmith’s reign at the club.
The horrendous display, combined with Alloa Athletic drawing with Ayr United, means the Doonhamers will take on Montrose in the first stage of the Championship play-offs.
Tuesday night will see Queens travel to Links Park before entertaining the Gable Endies at Palmerston on Saturday.
In both games the South will need to be much better than they were here.
Naysmith received a boost before kick off with the news Stephen Dobbie would start the game.
The forward picked up a hamstring injury against Ayr United which but he passed a late fitness test and was put straight into the starting line.
The Doonhamers were struggling to get to grips with the game and you could sense the nerves in the starting eleven to succeed.
But with 15 minutes gone disaster struck.
Lewis Mansell had his shot saved by Jack Leighfield but the keeper spilled it back into the path of Mansell and he fired his rebound into the roof of the net.
And the anxiety of the home fans was ramped up even further with the news that Connor Shields had put Alloa Athletic in front.
A few minutes later Ayr United equalised but Queens still had to do their part to ensure their survival.
Things didn’t pick up for the South two minutes before the break. Scott Mercer tried to clear a Partick cross but managed to smash his clearance into Scott McDonald and the Doonhamers watched in horror as the ball trundled into the net.
A big second half was needed and it didn’t look like they were capable of it.
Nicky Low made way for Darren Brownlie as Queens went to three at the back.
They still couldn’t create a clear cut chance and Partick almost went 3-0 up when Blair Spittal rattled the crossbar from 30 yards out.
Two minutes later Lyndon Dykes almost got Queens back into the game. Sub Iain Wilson crossed to Dykes and his header looked certain to hit the back of the net but Jamie Sneddon stuck out a hand to make a great save.
The shambolic day at the office was complete when Barry Maguire tripped McDonald and captain Stuart Bannigan converted the spot kick 17 minutes from time.
Blocked Dykes header forces a fine save from Sneddon PICTURES: QOSFC.COM
Pain Lyndon Dykes sums up the feeling around Palmerston at full time