Despite going 2-0 ahead in the first half of Queen of the South’s Premier Sports Cup fixture, their efforts were reversed as Motherwell fought back to obtain a 3-2 victory.
Manager Allan Johnstone said:” In the first half we got the two goals and I thought we got ourselves into good positions. There was times where Motherwell would have the ball but they didn’t cause us too many problems and there wasn’t much work our keeper had to do.
“But to be fair Motherwell did come out in the second half and got the early goal which gave them that bit of momentum. We should have dealt with our corners better. Losing two goals from set pieces we need to learn from that. Motherwell have a lot of height and it’s something we need to address as well.
” You can’t afford to lose cheap goals at half time and in the first ten minutes we can’t afford to give away anything cheaply so it’s disappointing, especially after being in such a good position.”
Speaking about Queen of the South’s form Johnston said: “They created a lot of chances in the second half and there was a lot of our boys playing out of position which is something we need to learn from. We’ve got a lot of good players but we’re looking to bring in another five players.
“Rhuari Paton was playing as a wingback and he had never played in that position in his life he’s used to playing as a centre forward or centre half, there’s Scott Dunn he’s used to playing for the reserves he’s never had a first team game before.
“We are short for numbers but we will get the players in but there is a lot of good players there so hopefully we go on to have a good season.”