Last updated : 16 January 2004 By Duke Of Galloway
After Queens exploits in the Scottish Cup it's back to the bread and butter business of the league with another intriguing encounter against Raith Rovers at Palmy on Saturday. One is reminded of the previous fixture against the Kikcaldy side in September when they managed to rob Queens of three points due to some incredible luck and eccentric goalkeeping by Gonzalez oin the Raith goal. Queens must make no mistake this time and I expect a resounding home win. Queens have only one injury worry with Gary Wood recovering from a knock. John Connolly is in fact spoilt for choice with new faces McMullen and Payne available along with Mc Alpine who is now back in the squad. Mc Mullen was sensational when he came on against East Fife and is one of those rare breed of wingers who hit the bye line at lightening speed. I can see goals coming from his crosses if O'Connor and Co. are in the mood. Young Dodds in goal for Queens has surprised everyone including JC and looks a right find. He showed a safe pair of hands at windy Methil on Saturday and is an able replacement for long-term crock Scott. We have yet to see our other signing Payne but from what I hear he is highly rated by Aberdeen folk. We wish Paul Talbot all the best as he has returned to the North East and signed for Spennymoor. Such is the quality at Palmy that we can let the likes of Paul go.