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QUEEN of the South travel to East End Park to face league one leaders Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday afternoon

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By Zac Hannay
Dumfries and West
Leaders up next

And gaffer Wullie Gibson is confident that his players can go and deliver a positive result against the Pars, who were relegated alongside Queens last season.

But, unlike The Doonhamers, consistent form sees them perched at the top league one after 16 games played, seven points clear of second place Falkirk.

Gibson said: “Dunfermline have only lost one game all season, and their home form is good.

“But I’ll back my players all day.

“We’ll have a good week in training, I’ll ask the boys to give 100 per cent everyday, and the boys that do that will find themselves in the team and the boys that don’t won’t.

“Some would say like today (the Morton game) would have been a free hit, but that’s not the way I look at it.

“I see that Morton are doing well in the Championship and I see that Dunfermline are doing well in our league.

“But my full focus is on me and I’ve got full belief in the players and what we’re trying to do here.

“We’ll go with a positive frame of mind, believe we can put in a good performance, and get a good result.”

Gibson said last week that he wanted to do well in the Scottish Cup. But that ambition was curtailed for another year after Morton ran out 4-1 winners at Cappielow.

Lewis Gibson equalised for Queens following Robbie Muirhead’s opener. But Muirhead struck again later on, and Grant Gillespie and Alexander King added to the tally in the closing stages.

LIMBS . . . travelling fans celebrate Lewis Gibson’s leveller                                                        Pic: QoS

Morton have been enjoying themselves recently in the Championship, Dougie Imrie’s side have been relishing a stellar run of form, which has seen them go undefeated in their last nine outings following Saturday’s win.

Gibson said: “I thought the boys put a lot into the game.

“The 4-1 scoreline, I think it flatters Morton, I thought for large parts of the game we were well in it.

“I can’t say we were on top, but I didn’t think Morton were on top either, I think it was in the balance.

“It was all about that next goal, Robbie (Muirhead) has a scored an unbelievable free kick and we’ve seen it a few times, the heads go down.

“The biggest thing that I’m going to take from it is disappointment.

“People that weren’t at the game today, they will look at the scoreline, they will see 4-1, and they will think that we took another battering. But again it’s far from that, I thought the boys put a lot into the game, it’s a sore one to take.

“We would have loved a cup run don’t get me wrong, that’s what the Scottish Cup is all about.

“But our full focus now has to switch to Dunfermline.”


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