IRN-BRU SFL PHENOMENAL SECOND DIVISION MANAGER OF THE MONTH - ALLAN JOHNSTON (QUEEN OF THE SOUTH)
Queen of the South boss, Allan Johnston, won his third IRN-BRU SFL Phenomenal Manager of the Month Award for the Second Division in his maiden season as boss but he still refuses to get excited about his side’s chances of lifting the title.
The Doonhamers now sit 19 points clear of the field and the former Scotland internationalist said: “It is brilliant to get awards but as I have said before, it is all about results from here on in. If we keep on getting the performances and results we have been getting, we will be on the right track.
“The players deserve credit as they have applied themselves really well since the start of the season and they are getting better and better each week.”
Johnston added: “They may have got complacent after a few wins but they are still working really hard. In football term,s we have a long way to go and I have been in the game long enough to know that there are still a lot of points to play for.
“We still have to face all the sides that are chasing us twice so nothing has been won yet.”
A potent strike force has scored 56 times in the Second Division so far this season with Nicky Clark grabbing most of the headlines and the goals however, Johnston is keen to stress that it is a team effort down in Dumfries as he explained: “Scoring goals gets the strikers headlines but our guys right across the park have been chipping in as well. Our defence have played their part as well and we have only let in 12 goals. The stats are decent but we need to keep things going.”
The Doonhamers' squad also had to cope with their first League defeat of the season last month and that 1-0 setback against Alloa Athletic taught Johnston more about his squad that a win may have as he explained: “The response from the Alloa game has been great. We were always going to get beaten at some time so that was not important but what was important was how we reacted to it.
“That was a test of character and the results since then have shown the characters that the players have.”