Posted by: palmerstonblue | October 18, 2013

THE LEAGUE CAMPAIGN…THE 1st QUARTER STATISTICS…..

Saturday’s draw against Cowdenbeath saw Queens complete the first quarter of their Championship campaign, and the verdict after the opening 9 games has to be, must do better, after managing to take just 9 points. The game against Cowdenbeath was their 5th league fixture at Palmerston, and so far the home fans have seen just one win, and that came on the opening day of the season against title favourites Dundee. The 4 away fixtures have seen Queens win at Morton, draw at Livingston and suffer defeats at both Hamilton and Falkirk. Currently sitting in 7th place in the Championship table, Queens next three fixtures will be particularly testing, away at Dundee and Alloa, followed by a home clash against current league leaders, Hamilton Accies. To date, Queens have scored 12 times in the league, 6 at home and 6 away, although after scoring seven times in the opening two games, the return of just 5 goals from the last seven games is certainly a cause for concern. Leading scorer Iain Russell has scored 5 of those goals, from his 8 starts, and Derek Lyle and Ryan McGuffie have both netted twice. The other goals have come from Gavin Reilly, Michael Paton, and Andy Dowie, with Reily’s strike at Livingston being the only time so far that a substitute has found the net. Having started the campaign by taking 4 points from the opening two fixtures, Queens have only managed to take a further 5 points from their subsequent 7 games, recording only one – 2-0 at Morton – win during that spell. Just four players have played in all 9 league games, Calum Antell, Ryan McGuffie, Andy Dowie, and Derek Lyle, whilst just Antell, Dowie, and Lyle have started all 15 games Queens have played during this period.

The opening 5 games at Palmerston this season have seen Queens concede the first goal in all but the game against Alloa which ended scoreless, this game being the only clean sheet at home so far. On the road Queens have fared marginally better, scoring first at Livingston, and Morton, but conceding first at both Hamilton, and Falkirk. The only clean sheet came at Cappielow in the 2-0 win. In the opening 9 games Queens have only been in front at half-time twice, at Livingston and Morton. They have been level at the break in 3 games, and behind on 4 occasions, eventually losing 3 times against Hamilton, Falkirk and Raith, and gaining a draw in the recent match against Cowdenbeath. Queens’ earliest league goal of the season so far came in the 26 minute at home against Dumbarton, and Gavin Reilly’s equaliser at Livingston after 86 minutes, is the latest goal Queens have scored to date.

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