Queen of the South 0 St. Mirren 0

Last updated : 26 December 2005 By Footymad Previewer
Despite the 0-0 score line this was a match which kept the fans on their feet as play raced from end to end with both sides having chances.

And there was high drama just after the break when first a Queens man was sent to the tunnel and four minutes later a Saints man was red carded.

The game began with Queens making the most of the running and it took Saints until midway through the half before they really got down to business with Charlie Adam beating the keeper from 25 yards only to see the ball hit the post and rebound to John Sutton who swept it over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

In 55 minutes the game took a dramatic turn as Steve Conroy gave Gary Wood his marching orders after a tackle which floored Andy Millen.

Play had hardly restarted when the numbers were evened up as John Sutton was given a red card after a clash which saw Queens central defender Jim Thomson stretchered off.

Despite this the game didn't lose its intensity and again both sides created chances with Queens coming the closest and John O'Neill sending in a shot which keeper Chris Smith managed to hold low down at the post.

Both sides also had penalty claims turned down. The first for Queens seemed to be the best appeal as John O'Neill went down in the box but referee Steve Conroy waved play on. Afterwards Saints boss Gus MacPherson admitted he hadn't seen the incident involving Sutton and said: "I was told he used an elbow but he is insistent he didn't and we will have a close look at video evidence before deciding whether to appeal."

Queens boss Ian McCall, gaining his first point since taking over at Palmerston in the middle of last month added: "I don't think there was anything malicious about any of the incidents and I don't feel there should have been any sending offs.

"I am satisfied with the point but feel that on the balance we might have taken all three."