Last updated : 04 February 2005 By Duke Of Galloway

Thomson's expereince
will be crucial
Dundee United manager Ian McCall will be under tremendous pressure as his team face up to a Queens team who must be confident of some success. The Tangerines will be still smarting after their humiliating 7-1 drubbing by Rangers at Hampden on Wednesday evening and Queens should be wary of a backlash. Queens boss Iain Scott will have noticed how easy Rangers carved up the United defence through the middle, a weakness Lyle and McNiven hope to exploit. We must however remember that United are a premier league side and have several dangerous players including Crawford and Robison up front. Queens I suspect will be slightly off the pace to start with but if we can hold them for the first half hour we have a chance. The experience of Thomson,Reid and
McLaughlan expected
to play
Craig will be vital and the industry of Bowey crucial to Queens success. Our lack of firepower up front is worrying but Derek Lyle will run his heart out and here's hoping McNiven, who is expected to play,finds his touch. McLaughlan is also expected in the line-up and on his day can be a match winner. It should be a cracker of a cup-tie for the big crowd and I have a feeling there will be a few goals with Queens hopefully coming out on top but it will be tough going for the Doonhamers. The unfortunate Gary Wood misses out due to his recurring kneck injury and of course our recent new signings Lovell and Williams will be cup-tied.