Last updated : 07 August 2005 By Duke Of Galloway
Wood -Sent
Queens went down to a heavy defeat at Perth thanks to some shocking defending,poor tactics and indiscipline. From the start it looked like Queens had turned up for the draw with one man up front. For half an hour this tactic seemed to work as Queens more then held their own but a few minutes of madness handed the initiative to the Saints. A slack pass from Lovell on 32 minutes allowed Milne to run through and beat Barnard with ease. The colourful away support were shocked but a few minutes later they were in total despair as Carr and Reid dithered about on the edge of the box presenting Milne with another gift on 43 minutes to put the home side 2-0 up. Queens tried hard to get back into the game but rarely threatened James and Co in the Saints rearguard. As the Saints left the field at half-time they obviously fancied a few more against such a generous Queens defence.

St Johnstone 2 Queens 0
Thomson replaced Reid who had been carrying an injury and for a time the big man steadied the ship until the game was ended as a contest when Wood was sent off on 48 minutes for a second bookable offence. The home side took full advantage and Campbell put the home side further ahead on 50 minutes with a looping header. Saints against 10 men were now running riot and the final nail in Queen's coffin came on 56 minutes when Stevenson beat Barnard with a low drive into the corner. The home side sat back after this but there was no way back for Queens. This was a simply horrendous display by Queens which they must get out of their sytem immediately. Scott must get his defence sorted out and this formation of one man up is not popular with the fans. Bowey and O'Neill were obviously missed but we should have coped with this. It must also be said that Reid took a bad knock in the opening minutes and this may have explained some of the errors in defence. The Wood sending off was disappointing as his first booking was for back chatting the referee. I hope Scotty has a quiet word in Wood's earhole in training this week. Well it's off to Stirling on Wednesday on CIS cup duty where the home side will obviously fancy their chances after this latest Queens horror show.
Queens defend a free-kick