Last updated : 01 February 2005 By Duke Of Galloway

Thomo keeps an
eye on O'neill
It was all square at Palmy after Queens fought out a disappointing goaless draw with St Mirren on a difficult surface. St Mirren brought down a healthy support and around 2,000 saw the kick-off. Queens started well but they were finding the Paisley defence a tough nut to crack despite some terrific runs by Paton. The first chance fell to the industrious Bowey whose lob looked to be heading for the top corner but the impressive Hinchcliffe in the Saints goal clawed the ball away to safety. It was developing into a dour midfield struggle with very few chances being made by either team. Lyle and new signing Williams were finding it hard to make space and the latter was also getting some stick from the Paisley fans. Brian Reid on his return for Queens after injury was in sparkling form and along with the reliable Thomson gave the Saints attack little chance to shine and Scott was having his easiest game in a long time in goal. The interval came with the scoresheet still blank and perhaps St Mirren were the happier team at this stage.

Half - Time 0 - 0

Both teams opened up in the second half in search of a winner but there were precious few chances being made. Paton was the danger man for Queens with some of his surging runs down the right. Williams got his head to one of his crosses but instead of going for goal he headed back across goal and the Saints defence scrambled it clear. Paton also had a wonderful free-kick turned round the post by Hinchcliffe. Substitute Jaconelli also came close but in the end the Palmy faithful settled for a draw. Although this was a disappointing result for Queens I don't think they played that badly. The return of Reid at the back made a big difference and we looked a lot more solid. Paton put in a tremendous shift and there are signs that Bowey is now back to his old self. Lyle and Williams found it difficult against a big Paisley rearguard and although Gibson threatened a lot he produced very little. My first impression of Williams is that he looks a bit lightweight and is no better than either Lyle or McNiven but these are early days. Manager Scott can be reasonably pleased with the team effort but will be disappointed at the few chances we made. Things will be a lot tougher against Dundee United next week in the cup and I have my doubts where the goals are going to come from if we are to stage and upset.

Queens press for a winner

Oor Wullie in full flight