Partick Thistle Match Preview

This weekend we end the run of three home games with the visit of Partick Thistle to Palmerston. The visitors aren't having the season they'd have expected following their relegation from the Premier League but they did chalk up a narrow victory over us at Firhill back in September.

Stephen Dobbie got us off to a great start with a goal in the first five minutes only for Kris Doolan to pull Thistle level. Josh Todd did restore our advantage but a double from Blair Spittal before the interval was enough to give them the three points by the odd goal in five.

Although we know it will be a tough afternoon, the players and staff are in confident mood after last weekend's Scottish Cup win. Manager Gary Naysmith has been sharing his thoughts.

"It was nice to get back to winning ways last weekend. We knew we had to be professional against Formartine and go about our work in the right manner straight from the kick off and we certainly did that. Two goals in the opening eight minutes is as much as you can ask for and I thought at that stage we'd go on and get a hat-full. However we lost a wee bit of concentration and took our foot off the gas a bit. Maybe we scored the two goals too early and thought it was a case of job done as the goal we conceded was disappointing.

The goal against us was a bit of a wake-up call and in the end I thought that four - one was just about a fair reflection of the game. It could have been more after we hit the woodwork a couple of times, but a wider margin of victory would have been unfair on Formartine who stuck to their task really well. The object of any cup tie is to get through to the next round and we can look forward to an interesting tie against Dundee in the New Year.

That's over 50 goals for us this season now and although the phenomenal record of Dobbs obviously helps that figure, it's still a great tally and it shows that we are a team that likes to attack and that we have players who can score from all areas of the pitch as Scott showed on Saturday with his tremendous goal.

This weekend we welcome Partick Thistle. Their manager, Gary Caldwell is new to the job but he certainly isn't new to management and I am sure his appointment has given everyone at Firhill a lift. It's always dangerous to play a team that has recently installed a new manager, particularly one of Gary's quality and we know that this game will be a tester for us.

Partick aren't where they want to be in the Championship table but they've had some really challenging fixtures of late and were unlucky to lose by a single goal to both Ayr United and Inverness. I watched their game with Inverness and it's a mystery to me how they lost it because they played really well.

But please get behind the lads and hopefully together we can keep our good home form going.

Alan Martin has missed the last couple of games due to a shoulder injury but is back in the squad, as are Gary Harkins and Adam Frizzell who also missed last week's cup tie. Darren Brownlie continues his rehab ".

This weekend Queen of the South FC are delighted to be showing support for lesbian, gay, bi and trans players and fans by wearing Rainbow Laces. The manager along with Captain Stephen Dobbie added, "We at Queen of the South Football Club are pleased to support the Rainbow Laces campaign. We want Scottish football to be an all inclusive and safe environment for everyone."

Rainbow Laces is Stonewall Scotland's campaign to change attitudes in sport and make sure that LGBT people are welcomed and accepted at all levels of the game. Sadly, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have a poor experience in sport and have experienced discrimination because of who they are. Research shows that almost half of LGBT people think that public sporting events, such as football matches, aren't a welcoming space for them. We want to show that Palmerston Park is very welcoming to all.

Partick Thistle fans should note that sections six and seven of the BDS Digital (East) Stand have been set aside for Partick Thistle FC supporters. Turnstiles three and four will be in use for them to gain entry.

The away end catering outlet and toilets in the BDS stand will be available for use. Catering is also available in the Arena café where a full menu is available before kick-off. The bar under the Gates Stand will also be open for refreshments. 

Entry to the game is by ticket only. The Arena ticket office will be open for both sets of supporters from around noon, with the BDS Stand ticket offices opening approximately and hour and a half before kick off.

Please note that the BDS Stand ticket office is a CASH ONLY office. Should spectators wish to pay by card then they should purchase their tickets at the Arena ticket office.

Spectators should arrive in plenty of time to ensure that they purchase their ticket and gain entry to the stadium for the kick off. Turnstiles open for admission at quarter past two.

Ticket prices:
Adults - £18
Concessions - £10
Under 16s - £5
Adult Accessible tickets - £8
Concession accessible tickets - £5
Under 16 accessible tickets - £3

Wheelchair access for away supporters is on the south side of BDS Digital stand. There is a lay-by on King Street for vehicles to drop their passengers for flat access to the ground. Disabled parking is available on the north side of the BDS Digital Stand or at the Arena car park. One personal assistant is included in the price of the accessible ticket.

There will be on street parking restrictions around the ground, car parking is available in the Arena car park, alternatively there is plenty of other on & off street parking available away from the stadium.

It is suggested that buses/minibuses drop off their passengers in Terregles St/King Street and thereafter park on College Mains road just off the roundabout with the A76 on the town bypass (adjacent to Curry's/PC World, as the other side at Aldi is the access road to the ambulance depot and is extremely busy). Pick up should be the same location. 

We aren't aware of any roadworks around Dumfries that would affect travel times to Palmerston Park however fans should check the Traffic Scotland website at> for confirmation and of any other delays.

QOS have adopted a robust and thorough search policy for spectators entering the ground to ensure that ground rules and regulations are strictly adhered to, especially in relation to pyrotechnic devices and controlled containers. All bags will be searched and spectators presenting themselves for entry may also be subject to search. Spectators who refuse to be searched by stewards will be denied entry to the ground.

Palmerston Park is a non-smoking venue, this includes e-cigarettes and other such devices. Stewards are empowered to eject spectators who disobey these rules. No persons will be admitted to the ground who are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol.

All spectators are required to abide by our policy on unacceptable behaviour.

Our great value for kids, Saturday Club will take place at the Arena from half past 12. Primary School kids are invited to come along and enjoy two hours of fun and games before having some lunch and heading over to watch the first team game. All for £10 per child or £8 for Junior Blue season ticket holders.

Kick off at Palmerston - 3pm.