Queens shut out Rovers to ensure they’re staying up but celebrations kept to a minimum
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH ...0 RAITH ROVERS ..................0 Queen of the South got the job done at Palmerston on Saturday.
Make no mistake there were very few scenes of celebration at the end of the game which brought down the curtain on a difficult Championship campaign.
The squad had their obligatory picture in front of the Ladbrokes play-off “winners” podium but they recognised the situation and acted accordingly.
A 3-1 first-leg victory at Starks Park gave the South a bit of breathing space in the play-off final second leg — and they used that to their advantage.
They frustrated Raith but had chances to kill off the tie. But it was job done and a big relief around Palmerston.
However, this season should serve as a stark warning to the board at Palmerston that they can’t afford a repeat of this next season.
Unless there is a big change then this will become the norm. The squad has some promising players but it needs some serious work in terms of numbers, with only Stephen Dobbie contracted for next year.
Injuries happen but it will always be a struggle for a squad of 15 players to get by.
The board is in a hard place; it can be hard to attract players to the club and it has one of the smallest budgets in the league but every effort has to be made to avoid this scenario again next year.
Dobbie had a career-best campaign but without him it could have been a very different outcome.
However, it worked out
Fight to the finish Doyle and Duggan compete while Dobbie (below) hails the Palmerston fans