Still room for improvement though and we'll strive for that

Last updated : 20 July 2008 By Tony Scholes
Queens boss Gordon Chisholm, the former Sunderland, Hibs and Dundee player, and his counterpart Owen Coyle both saw positives in their respective team performances as they strive for full fitness ahead of the new season.

Chisholm said: ""It was a really good workout against top quality opposition and had it not been for their keeper we could well have won. However, I'm not complaining. When a team like Burnley go ahead it's never easy to get back into the game. But we did, and I'm delighted with the positive attitude we showed".

his was Burnley's third pre-season game and Coyle admitted that again we tired towards the end of the game. "In the later stages of the game fatigue had a factor but we still worked well," he said. "We conceded a soft goal from a set play but having said that there were a lot of pleasing aspects about it.

"Martin Paterson scored a terrific goal in the first half and it was another game for the new lads to bed in. Martin has been working ever so hard and I told him if he continued that work rate the goals would come and so it proved. We are very excited about how he will play for us."

He continued: "It was a very pleasing workout and a highly competitive game. The support was fantastic too and very vocal so I think they will have had an enjoyable afternoon. I was pleased with the effort but I always knew it was going to be a difficult game. Queen of the South start their season next week and they showed last year they were a very good side so overall I was pleased. There is still room for improvement though and we'll strive for that between now and August 9th."

Looking forward to Monday Coyle added: "I expect a similar game on Monday. Partick will be fit and raring to go and they have some very good players. We might shuffle the lads about but we will take stock of that on Sunday."