Ross County Match Preview

We only have one home game scheduled in January and it comes this weekend when we host the Championship leaders, Ross County.

There has been nothing between the teamsso far this season, with both games we've played ending in draws.  Our game in September at Palmerston finished goal-less and we drew one all in Dingwall as Andy Stirling came off the bench to cancel out Josh Mullin's strike.

Queens boss Gary Naysmith is expecting another tight game on Saturday "I've mentioned it many times before but I really do think that this season could be the most draws we see in the Championship as there is nothing between the teams.

Last week, we started our centenary year with a great result at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.It was a terrific game and the players showed immense character and belief to come from behind and score two late goals. It's great to have Stephen Dobbie back and for him to reach 30 goals by January is an incredible achievement. The three points enabled us to leapfrog Inverness into fifth place in the table and we have now lost just once in our last nine games. 

The players have shown over the first half of the season that they can compete and can match anyone in the league, I said before the game last week that they needed to have more belief in themselves and I'm delighted they showed it against Inverness.  

They had a real togetherness as a team, worked hard for each other and having that is part of the key to success.  We need to keep that belief to keep confidence high.

This weekend is my 100th as manager of Queen of the South and I have to say that I am enjoying it enormously. It's a terrific club to be a part of, from top to bottom, and with everybody pulling in the same direction we can have much to look forward to.

Ross County's defeat last weekend at Morton was their first in seven games and they are still top of the table so we know the challenge we face. But we will go into our first home fixture looking for maximum points to continue our winning start to 2019, in what is a historic year for the football club.

Our support at Inverness was tremendous, so thank you to everyone who made the journey, it is a real boost to the players when they have that kind of backing.  With your help, hopefully we can start making Palmerston a fortress.

Callum Semple and Adam Frizzell have now returned to their parent clubs, but Nicky Low and Barry Maguire who both made their debut last weekend will be in the squad for their first home game at the Club.  In other team news, Darren Brownlie is back in full training but is still a few weeks away".

Visiting supporters should note that sections in the BDS Digital (East) Stand have been set aside for them. Turnstile three will be in use. Entry to the game is by ticket only. The Arena ticket office will be open for both sets of supporters from around 1130 with the BDS Stand ticket office opening later.

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 around 2pm.

Ticket prices are:

Adults £18 
Concessions £10 
Under 16 £5

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. The cost of entry of one personal assistant is included in the price of the accessible ticket.

The catering outlet in the home side of the BDS Stand will be available for use by both sets of supporters. Catering is also available in the Arena café where a full menu is available before kick-off.

There will be on-street car parking restrictions. Parking will be available next to the stadium at the Queen of the South Arena. While, it's 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.

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.

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 to cut out unacceptable behaviour.

Ahead of kick off, our Saturday soccer club will be running at the Arena for Primary school children from half past 12. The usual great value of £10 (£8 for Junior Blues) which includes two hours of coaching, fun, games, lunch and entrance to the game between Queens and the league leaders.

Kick off at Palmerston on Saturday is 3pm.