Last updated : 06 March 2005 By Duke Of Galloway

Quote from Queens manager Iain Scott " It was a poor game of football but with the wind and the condition of the park, it's all you can expect "

Gary Wood Clears
Queens fans had to endure another 90 minutes of torture as their relegation threatened side struggled to contain an AirdrieUnited side on a bumpy Palmy surface. Under pressure Queens manager Scott shuffled the pack around in a vain attempt to achieve a winning formula without much success. Lyle and Jaconelli played up front with English taking over from the out of touch Craig at left-back. The first half can only be described as awful as both sides struggled to achieve anything. Queens best two chances fell to Bowey who made a hash of both of them. The dangerous Coyle should have put the visitors in the lead when he turned round sweetly to send a shot just over the bar with Barnard posted missing. Vareille also hooked wide when it seemed easier to score. As both teams left the field at half-time they were met by a chorus of boos and quite frankly it had been the worst 45 minutes I had seen for quite a while.

Half-Time 0-0

The second half was even worse than the first as neither team looked like breaking the deadlock. Queens brought on McNiven and Payne but it made no difference whatsoever. Queens could have stolen the points when Jim Thomson of all people almost scored but McGeown in the Airdrie goal saved the day. Then just at the death Bowey broke clear on the left but instead of squaring the ball, blazed it over the bar much to the disgust of the Palmy faithful who were by now streaming towards the exits. This match must rank as the worst seen in years with Queens looking ominously like relegation candidates. If we are to escape the drop we must start scoring goals as two goals in seven games is unacceptable. It would be unfair to blame the strikers entirely as we are just not making chances. We have no width and no one pressing the play from midfield. I really don't know where we go from here and our only hope is that our rivals slip up. We have two away games coming up next against Clyde and Hamilton and if we get nothing from those games then I fear we will be lining up against Gretna in Division 2 next season.

No way through for Queens