GARDNER Speirs bemoaned his side’s lacklustre showing after a 1-0 defeat to Peterhead on Saturday.
That makes it two defeats on the trot for Queen’s, whose display at Hampden could best be described as flat.
Speirs said: “I think we were poor. From the start of the game we were pedestrian. There wasn’t a spark there.
“I don’t know why because it’s not like us. We’ve had a consistency of performance that we didn’t get to today and that was disappointing.
“We spoke about it at half-time and it didn’t improve greatly after the break, so we tried to make some changes and inject a wee bit of life.
“I think the pace we played at improved as the game went on but we didn’t produce enough quality when we got into good positions and that’s why we’ve lost the game.”
One notable absentee from the Spiders’ team was David Anderson.
An accumulation of yellow cards meant the influential midfielder was suspended for the visit of the Blue Toon.
Speirs said: “Obviously you miss a player that’s as good as David, but we should’ve had enough to put in a better performance than that.
“We didn’t seem to take a quick free kick or a quick throw in just to try and get out of the general malaise.
“We had some good situations to cross the ball as well, but the crosses have been poor.
“It’s one that we want to get over quickly. We’re disappointed with how we played and we’ll use the disappointment as a motivation and hopefully be better next week.”
Despite lamenting on his team’s failings, Speirs was keen to apportion credit to the visitors for a job well done.
He said: “I have to be mindful that Peterhead have come down here and they’ve won.
“They scored a great goal on the counter attack and defended when they had to defend after that.”
Understandably, Blue Toon boss Jim McInally was thrilled with Rory McAllister’s winner.
McInally said: “I always tell him to smash the ball and put his foot through it, but today he’s curled one in the top corner!
“His goal was top drawer and that’s what Rory’s got in him. He’s capable of that and I think generally his all round play was better today.
“I thought the first half we were pretty poor and Queen’s dominated without looking like scoring.
“I said to them at half-time that to get a result here you need to get the ball forward quicker, because I thought our two front players were always going to be a handful.
“In the second half we were well worthy of winning the game and it was a terrific goal.”