Sep 28 2012 by Andrew Burns, Dumfries Standard Friday
Palmerston captain Higgins: We deserved more from United cup loss
CHRIS Higgins claims his battling Queens team can keep their heads held high despite this weeks cup exit.
The Doonhamers were edged out of the Scottish Communities League Cup by a resolute Dundee United at Palmerston on Tuesday.
Allan Johnstons men fell behind on 27 minutes and ripped the SPL side apart in a whirlwind second half but couldnt force their way back into the tie.
And Johnny Russells first-half goal was enough to inflict Queens first defeat of the season, bringing an 11-game unbeaten run to an end.
Palmerston captain Higgins, 27, said: We didnt start well and probably showed them too much respect in the first half.
In the second half we stuck to our game plan more and we were very unlucky in the end.
They are a decent side and were able to grind it out in the end.
I thought we deserved something from the game but we didnt have the luck and thats just football.
Having already claimed the scalp of Hibs in the last round and Rangers and Morton in the Ramsdens Cup this season, Queens were tipped as favourites by United boss Peter Houston before the game.
The Tangerines were without a goal in their previous three games while Queens have been flying high on all fronts and Tuesdays fixture was touted as another potential upset.
Ex-Dunfermline and Clyde defender Higgins said this says a lot about the Doonhamers qualities but has warned that they must react in the best way possible starting with Alloa Athletics league trip to Palmerston tomorrow.
Higgins said: That people were talking about an upset shows how well we have started the season.
We are confident and playing well but the most important thing is that we bounce back.
We need to keep the heads up and get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.
The cup games are a bonus and the league is the bread and butter.
We want to win the league and this result will be put behind us.
Higgins has developed an excellent central defensive pairing with teenager Mark Durnan this season, with the dynamic duo starring at the back for Queens.
The Doonhamers have only conceded eight goals in all competitions this season, scoring a massive 28, and Higgins has been really impressed by the Palmerston babes.
He said: Mark has come in and done very well for us. He is young and still has lots to learn but hes a big guy, is good in the air and good with the ball at his feet.
Its starting to become a good pairing and hopefully we can keep it up.
Part and parcel of being one of the more experienced players and captain is that you talk to the young guys.
Theres Mark and Kevin Holt in the defence and we have a great mixture of youth and experience in the team which blends well.
We havent conceded many goals this season but thats more reflective of the whole team.
We are pressing teams high up the park and that gives us a bit of breathing space at the back.