Mid-week games are taking their toll

It`s off to Stirling on Saturday and Queens will be hoping to put that cup defeat at St Johnstone behind them and move on. The last time we played Stirling Albion we drew 0-0 up there, just prior to that memorable Scottish Cup semi-final. We met four times that particular season, winning twice and drawing the other two. So let`s keep that good run going!

Manager of Stirling is none other than John `Jonjo` O`Neill who spent seven seasons at Palmerston netting 70 goals--no fewer than 27 out of 29 from the penalty spot. He was also named Second Division SFL `Player of the Year` in season 2001-02.

Says Kenny Brannigan, "No doubt John will be all out to put one over on us with him being an ex-Queens` player. So we`ll have to be on our guard. They may be second bottom of the table but that means nothing in this league."

Looking back to Tuesday night Kenny slammed the referee and insisted, "That penalty decision changed the whole course of the game. It was the start of 3 goals in 8 minutes! I didn`t even think it was a penalty as the ball struck Craig Reid`s arm. We held our own in the first half but I`ve got to admit they deserved the win."

Added the manager, "All those midweek games are `taking their toll big time`! Only six players trained this morning and we had five others on the treatment table. I`m not saying it`s anything serious--just tiredness and fatigue.

"We`ve had so many mid-week cup-ties! Our schedule has been so hectic I don`t know where to turn at times. We`re suffering from too many games and a relatively small squad."