Queen of the South 2-0 St Johnstone: Queens want cup run

Gavin Reilly scores for Queen of the South against St Johnstone
Fog rolled in as Reilly sealed Queens' victory

Queen of the South manager James Fowler says his side have no interest in a glamour Scottish Cup tie, as they want to go all the way to Hampden following the 2-0 win over St Johnstone.

Derek Lyle and Gavin Reilly both scored in the second half to knock the holders out at a cold and foggy Palmerston.

"We would love to get a cup run, it was one of the things at the start of the season that we aimed for," Fowler told BBC Scotland.

"Now we're into the next round and hopefully the draw is kind to us. We would like another home draw and you never know where you can end up.

"St Johnstone are a league above us so from that point of view it's an upset, but with the players we have I don't think it's a major upset.

"St Johnstone will be disappointed I'm sure but the group that we've got are excellent, really good players, and we're happy with the win.

"It's a decent home record we've got, we take pride in that. When we seen the draw and that we were at home we fancied our chances."

Queen of the South players celebrate in the dressing room after they made the Scottish Cup quarter finals
Queen of the South players celebrate in the dressing room after they made the Scottish Cup quarter finals

Goalscorer Reilly echoed his manager's sentiments, and admits his team are hoping to avoid favourites Celtic.

He said: "Scoring is great, but it's a great victory for the lads and a great victory for the whole club.

"The first half we were on top and could have went in one- or two-nil up.

"Second half they came out, credit to them they're an SPL side, they must have got a kick up the backside at half-time.

"We dug in as a team. We're scoring goals at one end but at the other we're keeping them out.

"You've got to have the belief you can go all the way. I think we've got every chance of doing that.

Michael O'Halloran is dejected after St Johnstone's defeat to Queen of the South
Michael O'Halloran is dejected after St Johnstone's defeat by Queen of the South

"If it was away to Celtic it would be good for the club, but you're hoping to get someone at home, you want to progress all the way and hopefully we can do that."

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright led the Perth men to glory at Celtic Park in May and was disappointed to see their hopes of retaining the trophy falter against a lower division side.

"I don't think there was much between the two sides," he said. "We were very comfortable in the first half, we had a few opportunities.

"I thought after 1-0 we put them under enough pressure without really working the goalkeeper, but Michael O'Halloran's got a great chance, Chris Kane is through and doesn't take a shot, we've had a couple of headers over the bar so it just wasn't our day.

"The effort was there, we lacked that quality in the final third."

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