Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 1-4 Queen of the South

Stephen Dobbie
Stephen Dobbie scored his three goals in under 10 minutes

Stephen Dobbie scored a hat-trick as Queen of the South hammered Falkirk to move second in the Championship.

The visitors took the lead within two minutes as Jason Kerr reacted first after the Bairns failed to deal with a corner.

Dobbie finished off a sweeping move to make it 2-0 before the break and added a cracking third after the interval.

He made it 4-0 from the spot after Lyndon Dykes was brought down, with Lucas Gasparotto replying late on.

The win takes Queens second in the table on nine points, while Falkirk are second from bottom with one point from four games.

Post-match reaction

Falkirk manager Peter Houston: "I said last week's defeat at Dunfermline was the worst since I came in as manager because they worked harder than us and were hungrier, I think we just surpassed that today.

"We say at half time score the next goal because 2-0 is a funny score, the players are lacking in confidence for some reason and within four or five minutes of the second half we are 4-0 down and looking as if, rather than us getting back into it, it becomes more embarrassing. I take responsibility for that. It doesn't help we have about five out with injury but this team that was put out today was good enough to give Queen of the South a game and maybe win it.

"I think we need to (add to the squad). I'm waiting on an answer (from the board), I think defensively we are short. We need to add I think a couple of defenders but I need to wait and see if I'm going to get that money."

Queen of the South manager Gary Naismith: "I'm really delighted with the players and I think we will be hard pushed to beat that away performance for the rest of the season. We controlled the game nearly from start to finish. We created a lot of chances and looked really dangerous on the break and kept Falkirk at bay.

"We have scored goals at perfect times and took the sting out of the game. A very pleasing day's work for us."

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Thomson
  • 4Muirhead
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 44Watson
  • 23Gallacher
  • 7Taiwo
  • 17Harris
  • 28CraigenSubstituted forAustinat 45'minutes
  • 6McKee
  • 33LoySubstituted forBluesat 67'minutes
  • 20O'Hara

Substitutes

  • 8Kerr
  • 9Austin
  • 12Mitchell
  • 19Shepherd
  • 24Blues
  • 27Mitchell
  • 29Stowe

Queen of Sth

  • 1Martin
  • 4Fordyce
  • 5Brownlie
  • 15Kerr
  • 3Marshall
  • 8Rankin
  • 14Jacobs
  • 6TappingSubstituted forMurrayat 67'minutes
  • 25DykesBooked at 69minsSubstituted forFergussonat 83'minutes
  • 10KaneSubstituted forLyleat 69'minutes
  • 11Dobbie

Substitutes

  • 7Stirling
  • 9Lyle
  • 17Murray
  • 18Fergusson
  • 19Bell
  • 20Leighfield
  • 24Mercer
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
4,108

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 1, Queen of the South 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Queen of the South 4.

Foul by Cameron Blues (Falkirk).

Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 1, Queen of the South 4. Luca Gasparotto (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Taiwo.

Nathan Austin (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South).

Nathan Austin (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Kerr (Queen of the South).

Foul by Joe McKee (Falkirk).

Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Joe McKee (Falkirk).

Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Ross Fergusson replaces Lyndon Dykes.

Alex Harris (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Murray (Queen of the South).

Foul by Joe McKee (Falkirk).

Connor Murray (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South).

Nathan Austin (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe McKee (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Alex Harris (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by John Rankin (Queen of the South).

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Derek Lyle replaces Christopher Kane.

Foul by John Rankin (Queen of the South).

Thomas Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Connor Murray replaces Callum Tapping.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Cameron Blues replaces Rory Loy.

Christopher Kane (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luca Gasparotto (Falkirk).

Foul by Christopher Kane (Queen of the South).

Paul Watson (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline43101331010
2Queen of Sth430110469
3St Mirren430110649
4Dundee Utd43014409
5Morton41215325
6Livingston412156-15
7Inverness CT411267-14
8Dumbarton402216-52
9Falkirk4013411-71
10Brechin4013311-81
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