John­ston takes softly softly ap­proach

The Scotsman - - WEEKEND SPORT -

Queen of the South’s re­cently ap­pointed man­ager All an J o h n s t o n i s l o o k i n g f o r pa­tience from his side as they look to bounce back from los­ing 2- 1 at Mon­trose in the first leg of their semi- fi­nal.

John­ston said: “There are 90 min­utes to get the goal back and 120 min­utes to win. We have to be pa­tient as they will make life dif­fi­cult for us.

“The first leg was a re­minder how dif­fi­cult foot­ball can be and that you do not have a given right to win any game. We have learned from that.”

Mon­trose man­ager Ste­wart Petrie reck­ons Queens are still the favourites to progress. He said: “We are still mas­sive un­der­dogs as they had guys like Andy Stir­ling and Stephen Dob­bie on the bench on Tues­day and that just shows how strong they are.

“They will also be fired up af­ter los­ing, so we will have to put in a phe­nom­e­nal ef­fort to win through.”

Fo r f a r man­ager Ji m Weir, pic­tured, be­lieves his play­ers can han­dle the dis­ap­point­ment of be­ing 2- 1 be­hind in their play- off against Raith Rover­sand­com­eroar­ing back in the sec­ond at Sta­tion Park. He said: “Los­ing was harsh as nei­ther team de­served to win. How­ever, Raith have the lead and we need to deal with that. We know what we need to do to get back into the game and to win. That clar­ity can help.” Raith man­ager John MCG­lynn wants a clean sheet and progress. He said: “We know that if we do not con­cede then we are in the fi­nal, but we will not look to only de­fend. We can play bet­ter than we did on Tues­day es­pe­cially in terms of cre­at­ing chances.

“We have scored i n ever y away game this sea­son and we will look to con­tinue in that man­ner.”

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