The Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship First
, Apr 14, 2012
Ground: Palmerston Park , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 1,446
Triple trouble for Doonhamers Queen of the South manager Gus McPherson needs to assess three experienced players before facing Falkirk in the Scottish First Division.
Defender Craig Reid has injured an ankle, centre-back John Potter suffered concussion against Dundee in midweek and midfield powerhouse Stephen McKenna is struggling with a calf problem.
McPherson said: "These guys will be given until the last minute to show they are ready, as they are vital players to us particularly in a game as important as this one.
"Whoever we send out can go out with confidence as we have done well to bring points back from both Morton and Dundee.
"Falkirk are still shooting for second place so this will be a really competitive game but one we can win." Falkirk have a fully-fit squad with the exception of Stewart Murdoch.
The Bairns are looking to build on their 3-0 midweek success over Hamilton but will do so without the 21-year-old midfielder who is suffering with a broken foot.
The club's technical director Alex Smith is warning the Bairns to be ready for a difficult afternoon.
He said: "Queen of the South is a difficult venue at the best of times but this will be even harder than normal as they will be fighting for their lives.
"We will have to be at our best as they will be taking the field after a good result against Dundee in midweek.
Queen of South vs Falkirk
Last modified 18:07 14/04/12
Stalemate frustrates Falkirk Dale Fulton missed a late opportunity as Falkirk could only draw 0-0 at bottom club Queen of the South.
The strugglers frustrated their hosts, who boast the league's top scorer in Farid El Alagui, in the first half but Falkirk should have gone in front after 26 minutes when Fulton could only shoot weakly at Lee Robinson.
The away side threatened first after the break and Daniel Carmichael almost put them in front on the hour mark, but his long-range effort forced a finger-tip stop from Michael McGovern, who also saved well from Scott McLaughlin minutes later.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|4||Stephen Simmons(sub 37)|
|8||Scott McLaughlin(sub 86)|
|10||Nicky Clark(sub 69)|
|14||Kevin Smith(sub 69)|
|15||Stephen McKenna(sub 37)|
|17||Stephen Black(sub 86)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|7||Craig Sibbald(sub 32)|
|9||Farid El Alagui|
|15||Kristopher Faulds(sub 32)|
|Team||Queen of South||Falkirk|