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Pressure is on me, not players!

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By Euan Maxwell
Pressure is on me, not players!

QUEENS boss Wullie Gibson admits his misfiring side got exactly what they deserved after a 1-0 loss to Kelty Hearts on Tuesday night.

With just over a quarter of the season already written in the history books, the Doonhamers have only tasted success twice and sit seventh in the league after ten League One matches.

The poor start to the third tier has led to Gibson and the squad to come under heightened scrutiny from some sections of the Palmerston faithful. However, the manager insists the pressure should be on him alone and not the players.

Gibson said: “I’ll take the pressure away from the players.

“I pick the team, I signed the players and I assembled the squad.

“I want them to play without a pressure. I want them to go out there and perform.

“It’s alright me saying that I feel I’ve assembled a good squad but they’ve got to start showing that.

“They do need to take a little bit of responsibility but the results will fall on my head at the end of the day.”

Queens had plenty of chances against Kelty but couldn’t register a shot on target throughout Tuesday’s contest.

And at the other end, it was an uncharacteristic mistake from Iain Wilson that led to Michael Tidser smashing home the winner.

Gibson admits the defeat was “majorly disappointing” and said: “I told the players before the match that we’d face a battle. We knew coming here would be difficult.

“You need to be more aggressive, have more energy, work harder than the opposition and hopefully our quality comes through. But we didn’t do the basics well enough.

“We allowed Kallum Higginbotham to have too much of the ball. For me he was the difference, I felt he bullied our back three at times which is criminal.

“And when it came to the quality, we didn’t create enough or put Kelty under pressure. We did miss several chances. The ones that stick in my mind was the cutback to Lee Connelly and big Ewan Bange missed a header inside the six yard box.

“But to be honest, we got what we deserved. I thought Kelty got their goal and then they were well organised and hard to beat.

“They were winning first and second balls and putting themselves about. We didn’t do that which is disappointing.

“We came into the game unbeaten in four but all the hard work is undone by coming here and losing to a team below you.”

Gibson opted not to select himself in the match day squad for the past two matches. But he admits he’ll have to reconsider what his plan will be for what now is a huge home match at the wrong end of the table against Peterhead.

He said: “I’d rather stay away from myself to be honest. I didn’t select myself in the team and that’s it.

“But I believe in the dressing room in there that they had more than enough to come here and get a result.

“They haven’t and now we need to have a wee re-think and see what I do next.

“We went up to Balmoor and had a good win at the start of the season. They’ve signed a few players and been harder to beat. I know Jim McInally well and I know they’ll be wanting to come down and put a better performance on and they’ll be looking to get something from the game.

“But for us it’s about bouncing back. As the old saying goes: fall off the horse and you’ve got to get back on it quick and onto a winning run.”

Defender Euan East will be assessed ahead of the Peterhead encounter after having to come off with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Paul McKay will return to full training next week but Stuart Morrison is likely to face a further spell on the sidelines as he awaits an MRI scan result.

Queens host Peterhead on Saturday with a 3 pm kick-off.

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