Allan Johnston is looking to add to his Queen of the South squad as he watched his Doonhamers side secure penalty shootout success in their League Cup opener.

The Palmerston side defeated Greenock Morton on penalties at Cappielow after a 2-2 draw. While there were positives to take from the game, the QOTS manager
expects to see improvement from his side.

After the game Johnston said: “I’m not happy with the first 30 minutes to be honest with you. We were like two different teams. In the first half we were poor, and Morton were by far the better team and in the second half we were the better team. The draw probably summed up the game.”

The Doonhamers have another Betfred Cup fixture against St Mirren on Saturday and will be keen to build on their performance against Morton before heading into the league season. Fixture congestion is something already worrying the Queen’s manager.

Looking ahead to the weekend Johnston said: “It’s catch up for us. It’s going to be tough especially against Premiership opposition. We’ve got four games in such a short period of time which is really difficult.

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St Mirren are next. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It’s asking for injuries when boys haven’t played for six or seven months so I don’t really know why we need to play so many games in such a short period of time. It can only be an advantage for the Premiership teams who’ve obviously played games before that.”

Johnston has had an almost impossible task of building a squad from scratch this summer, bringing in 17 new signings to try and put a squad together for the up and coming shortened Championship season. The Dumfries outfit still need more in Johnston’s eyes.

“We’re still short; we still need to bring in a couple to be honest with you,” he said. “We are really light especially defensively but I’m really happy with the players that we’ve brought in, but it will take time for them to get to know each other and get playing with each other so hopefully we can improve on this performance.

Dobbie got two at Cappielow. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“We need to try and finish as high as possible. We have got a really young squad and when you look at the players that we’ve brought in a lot of them haven’t played in the Championship either.

“So, it’ll be a learning process; we want to hit the ground running and do well.”

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