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Palmy derby showdown!

ALL eyes are on Palmerston this Saturday for the third derby clash of the season between Queen of the South and Annan

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By Euan Maxwell
Palmy derby showdown!

The Doonhamers have claimed victory in both fixtures so far this campaign.

And Palmy boss Marvin Bartley wants his side to continue their unbeaten run with a third consecutive win over Peter Murphy’s men and start the second half of the season positively.

He said: “It’s a big derby. We want to keep this run going. We know what a derby victory means to fans and everyone connected with the football club.

“We have to remain calm during the game, we are going to approach it the same way we do every other one.

“It will be important to implement our style of football in the game.

“Hopefully it will be in calmer weather conditions than we had to endure against Stirling.

“It would be good to round off the year with a victory, it would kick us off into 2024 and the second half of the season in good fashion.”

Meanwhile, central defender Paul McKay was the goal hero for Queen of the South as they claimed a 1-1 draw against Stirling Albion at Forthbank on Saturday.

The 27-year-old agreed a draw was a fair result on the division’s only grass surface.

McKay said: “On the balance of play, a draw was probably a fair result. I think they probably edged it in the first half.

“I thought in the second half we were all over them. I know Stonesy (Harry Stone) made a great save at the end, but apart from that I thought we were really good.”

McKay’s 75th minute header earned Queens a point, he added: “It took an age to go in, but I’m just glad it did. It got us back level and we were trying to push for the winning goal at the end.

“Staying unbeaten was a big thing, especially away from home. But with all the pressure in the second half, we’re disappointed we didn’t get a winner.

“The last couple of weeks have been much better and hopefully we can take that into the new year and kick on in the second half of the season.”

And looking forward to Saturday’s big derby crunch tie, McKay said: “It’s a big game. We’ll need to get up for it, they’ll be up for it as well.

“It was a tough game at their place and I’m sure it will be the same (on Saturday). We’ll be up for it and hopefully we can get three points.

“We know the fans have that extra edge on these games and you need to get yourself up for it.

“It’s a local derby, I’ve played in a few in the past and know what it’s all about.”

Annan are now 11 games without victory in League One and Black and Golds boss Peter Murphy hopes the derby clash this weekend can help turnaround their campaign.

He said: “We haven’t had wins recently but I’ve been really pleased with the performances. It is fine margins in this league. We’ve had a lot of chances in games but we just haven’t taken them.

“Once we get to the point of taking them then the confidence and belief will lift. I can’t fault the way we are playing, the shape we have in games, how we working together and how they work for me.

“We obviously want wins and it could be a perfect opportunity for us to do so against Queens.”

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