Queen of the South 0 Dunfermline 0Saturday, 15th Dec 2018
Ladbrokes Championship: Higginbotham and Beadling start in place of a Craigen and Muirhead
Weather warnings peppered the morning news and that caused many Pars fans to heed the advice and not travel to a rain soaked and freezing cold Palmerston Park.
Manager Allan Johnston made two changes from the side defeated the previous Saturday at Partick. Tom Beadling and Kallum Higginbotham came into the starting eleven to take the places of James Craigen and Robbie Muirhead.
Queens gaffer Gary Naysmith was able to welcome back the influential Gary Harkins, the soon to be departing for Vancouver, David Norman dropping out to make way. Neither manager had a full complement on the bench.
Dunfermline could rightly claim that they dominated this match and were unlucky not to find a winner from their many chances and greater possession.
Queens came closest to scoring in the opening exchanges when Pars keeper Lee Robinson raced out of goal but his ninth minute clearance spun towards Adam Frizzell in midfield. He cracked a first time effort into the air, but the ball sailed a few yards past the unguarded goal as Robinson tracked back.
Three minutes later Pars captain Lee Ashcroft went down under a challenge from Gary Harkiins. He yelled for a penalty but referee Steven Kirkland ignored his claim.
Former Queens player Joe Thomson was first to test the home keeper Alan Martin with a right footed shot from 35 yards out but the keeper held the 15th minute effort.
Two minutes later Beadling saw his header saved in the bottom left and then when Kyle Jacobs conceded a corner Danny Devine met the cross but directed his header over the bar.
Pars carved out a decent chance when Faissal El Bakhtouai whipped a glorious angled shot across the face of goal and just inches beyond the left post just before the half hour. Then from outside the Queens box, Thomson sent a 33rd minute shot high and just four minutes later Higginbotham was on target with his low effort but Martin did well to smother at his near post.
Queens hit back with a teasing free kick from Gary Harkins on the far side which picked out Callum Semple a minute before the interval but his neat, glancing header slipped past the target.
No goals in this fixture on both occasions last season and at the break there was still deadlock between the sides. The first half stats showed 62% possession for the visitors, six corners to Queens nil and seven shots to their hosts two.
Half Time: Queen of the South 0 Dunfermline 0
The second half faced a real battle against the elements but Queens manufactured the first chance but Harkins rammed his shot wide left in 50 minutes. Dykes was next to get a chance but he sent his shot from outside of the box wide left as well.
For the Fifers El Bakhtaoui sent a 57th minute shot over the bar before he was substituted by Myles Hippolyte midway through the half.
The Pars kept up their domination and Aidan Keena had a couple of opportunities with Martin doing well to turn a near post shot around for a corner then cracking a piledriver narrowly wide of the right upright.
Dykes was high with a late shot and the Pars had to settle for a point when with many more shots at goal than their opponents, they would feel that they should have secured three points.
It was to be a day when every one of the five Ladbrokes Championship matches ended up all square, so as far as the table went nothing changed.
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Stirling, Daniel Irving, Jack Leighfield (GK).
YELLOW CARD: Dykes (80)
DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: James Vincent: Kallum Higginbotham, Tom Beadling, Joe Thomson: Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 67), Aidan Keena.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis McCann, James Craigen, Mark Durnan, Stuart Morrison, Cammy Gill (GK)
REFEREE: Steven Kirkland
WEATHER: Rain 2C
NEXT MATCH: Ladbrokes Championship: (home) v Ayr United, Saturday 22nd December 2018
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Preview Queen of the SouthSaturday, 15th Dec 2018
Ladbrokes Championship: (away) Saturday 15th December 2018, Palmerston Park, kick off 3.00pm
Dunfermline travel to Dumfries on Saturday hoping to get back to their winning ways. After defeat to Partick Thistle last weekend Allan Johnston’s team needs to try and start to consistently gathering points. This week it is fourth v seventh but the points gap between the sides is only four and that is something the Fifers would dearly love to close.
Milestones away to Queen of the South
Last League win | 06/05/17 | 1-0 | Championship
Last League defeat | 02/10/10 | 0-2 | Division One
Best League win | 02/05/09 & 14/04/82 | 3-0 | Division One
Worst League defeat | 13/12/75 | 2-5 | Division One
Last Goalless Draw | 24/02/18 | 0-0 | Championship
First Fixture | 24/04/26 | 1-2 | Division Two (old)
Highest Aggregate | 13/12/75 | 2-5 | Division One
Last meeting at Palmerston
Queen of the South 0 Dunfermline 0
Ladbrokes Championship, 24th February 2018
It was not a match where either side created much of a threat to the goals tally. The Pars successfully denied the free scoring Stephen Dobbie and best chance of an away goal came for second half sub Kallum Higginbotham when keeper Jack Leighfield dropped the ball from a James Craigen corner.
A late Craigen free kick was to be kept out by the outstretched boot of the Queens keeper and despite some late urgency shown by 86th minute sub Joe Cardle this was a match that was to end goalless.
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Jack Leighfield: Shaun Rooney (Scott Mercer 28), Callum Fordyce, Darren Brownlie, Jordan Marshall: John Rankin (Myles Beerman 76), Dom Thomas, Kyle Jacobs, Lyndon Dykes: Stephen Dobbie, Connor Murray (Nikolay Todorov 67).
SUBS NOT USED: Ross Ferguson, Kyle Cameron, Derek Lyle, Sam Henderson (GK).
YELLOW CARD: Jacobs (79)
DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft, Jean Yves M`Voto, Jason Talbot: James Vincent, Tom Beadling, James Craigen (Joe Cardle 86): Nicky Clark (c): Andy Ryan (Kallum Higginbotham 67), Declan McManus.
SUBS NOT USED: Daniel Armstrong, Callum Morris, Nat Wedderburn, Lewis Martin, Cammy Gill (GK)
Dunfermline have won five of the last twelve meetings, QOS have won three and four have been drawn. The Pars are undefeated in the last five matches between the sides at Palmerston Park.
Last Twelve League Matches v Queen of the South
Date | H/A | F-A | WDL | League
20/10/18 | (H) | 0-1 | L | Championship
31/03/18 | (H) | 3-1 | W | Championship
24/02/18 | (A) | 0-0 | D | Championship
09/12/17 | (H) | 2-5 | L | Championship
14/10/17 | (A) | 0-0 | D | Championship
06/05/17 | (A) | 1-0 | W | Championship
07/03/17 | (H) | 1-1 | D | Championship
17/12/16 | (A) | 2-2 | D | Championship
27/08/16 | (H) | 0-1 | L | Championship
16/04/11 | (H) | 6-1 | W | First Division
26/02/11 | (A) | 3-1 | W | First Division
11/12/10 | (H) | 1-0 | W | First Division
Form Last Six Matches
Partick Thistle (A) L 0-2
Morton (H) W 3-0
Ross County (A) L 1-2
Falkirk (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) D 2-2
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
Ross County (A) D 1-1
Partick Thistle (H) W 1-0
Formartine (H) W 4-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 3-3
Ayr United (A) D 1-1
Dundee United (A) L 0-2
Even after the reversal against Partick Thistle, Dunfermline’s away form is good with just three defeats in twelve games in all competitions this season. Their other two league defeats on the road have been at Ayr and Dingwall.
Queens are unbeaten in their last four league matches and that includes draws against Ayr, Inverness and Ross County. Dundee United and Morton are the only teams to have left Palmerston with three points this season. Last home defeat was the 2-1 loss to Morton on Tuesday 30 October.
League Position: 7th
League Points: 18
League Record: P16 W5 D3 L8 GF13 GA23
Goal Difference: -7
Last Six League Match Form: DWLLWL
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
League Position: 4th
League Points: 22
League Record: P16 W5 D7 L4 GF26 GA19
Goal Difference: +7
Last Six League Match Form: LLDDWD
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle): Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: James Vincent (Tom Beadling 59): James Craigen (Myles Hippolyte 59), Joe Thomson, Robbie Muirhead (Lewis McCann 86): Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Aidan Keena.
SUBS NOT USED: Malaury Martin, Lewis Martin, Mark Durnan, Cammy Gill (GK)
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (v Ross County): Alan Martin: Scott Mercer, Jordan Marshall, Callum Fordyce, Michael Doyle, Callum Semple, Kyle Jacobs, Josh Todd (Owen Bell 89), Adam Frizzell (Connor Murray 76), D Norman (Andy Stirling 65), Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS NOT USED: Daniel Irving, Jack Leighfield (GK).
Referee will be Steven Kirkland.
Other Championship Fixtures
Ayr United v Ross County
Falkirk v Morton
Inverness Caley Thistle v Dundee United
Partick Thistle v Alloa Athletic
- Partick Thistle 2 Dunfermline 0
- Lee Robinson’s post match comments
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- Dunfermline 3 Morton 0