Queen of the South boss Gary Naysmith was disappointed not to come away with 3 points from Saturday’s SPFL Ladbrokes Championship encounter with Dunfermline Athletic, but he says he couldn’t have asked any more of his players in the final match of the opening quarter in the league this term.
Speaking to the press after the game, the ex-East Fife boss said:
“I thought we were well worthy of a point, I felt we were the better team. The players took a bit criticism from ourselves because we have been really good defensively – such as the way we were switched on away to Inverness – compared to how we were at Montrose. We watched a lot of video clips; we had our say, they had theirs: it was very constructive and I felt today they couldn’t give us anymore today; all that was missing was a goal, very similar to what I said up at Inverness.”
“I felt we won most of the second balls, won the majority of our individual battles; I didn’t think there was a lot in the game, not a lot of clear cut chances but I thought we edged the game. I am quite honest with you and I think we were the better team today and I am a wee bit disappointed not to get the three points.”
Asked if too many draws are the difference so far between his side and those sitting in the top four, Naysmith responded:
“Yeah, I think you can see even from the last two matches that we should have beaten Inverness and I think we should have won today, too – with those four extra points you are right in the mix, so, we are probably a wee bit below where we want to be and it is up to us to make that up in the second quarter. Sometimes you can be disappointed, but I ain’t disappointed today as the players gave me everything and you can’t ask for any more. At times, it isn’t your day and you don’t take those half-chances – just like Callum Fordyce’s effort at the end; I thought it was set-up perfectly for him to score against his former club – and on another day those will go in so I am not that worried: eventually Dobbs (Stephen Dobbie) and that will start to take these half-chances so as long as we are keeping clean sheets at the other end (I will guess we have had 4 out of 9 in the league which isn’t too bad) so we just need to push on from here. The players have had a great weeks training and they carried it on into today’s match and they were unlucky to only get a draw.”
On James McFadden’s first start for the club, the ex-Scotland defender replied:
“He had a good chance and with his ability he will be disappointed not to have scored. If you watch back Dunfermline’s matches, I think Ryan Williamson has been their best attacking threat and I think he ran off of James once, so, as well as that attacking intent he had, he always thwarted the runs of Ryan Williamson too. I would say, albeit I could be wrong, in the games I have seen, that is probably the least affective Ryan Williamson has been and that was partly due to how James played him.”
With the Pars match being the second match at Palmerston Park since the middle of August, has it been difficult for Queens?
“It has for the club I think, trying to get money! It was strange; not the distances, as I am used to travelling 4 or 5 hours to an away game due to my experiences in England, but, to have 3 or 4 consecutive away games in Scotland so to have 1 home game out of 6 or 7 matches normally doesn’t happen and going into the league today everybody had played 8 matches but we were the only side to have played 3 at home – I don’t know how that works?! We also had a couple of away draws in the cup, which is fine as you want to progress in cup competitions, but, it is part and parcel with football. It is good at times too: we got away to Fleetwood in pre-season and even going up to Inverness, you travel as most teams do on the bus – the players can bond, they play cards or sit on their computers or whatever and that all helps the team spirit. I would have liked a home draw against anybody [in the next round of the Irn-Bru Cup] but it is what it is, it allows the boys to go away and get to know each other even more again and if we can take our half-chances – and to be fair, in saying that, we did have 2 or 3 really good chances today – and we can get the ball into the back of the net, it will be the springboard to get us up and running. Sometimes you just got to say thanks to the players for their efforts and we all move on to next week.”