Queens striker Gary Oliver delighted to break his duck


BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press

Striker Gary Oliver is hoping that breaking his Queen of the South duck will earn him a run in the side – and he does not care what position he has to play.

The former Hearts kid was deployed on the right side of midfield on Saturday but that did not stop him getting involved in the box after his two second half strikes cancelled out Alloa midfielder Graeme Holmes’ stunning 33rd second opener.

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Oliver, who had come off the bench in the Doonhamers’ last three matches prior to the trip to the Indodrill stadium,  prefers playing up top but the 20-year-old is more than willing to adhere to manager James Fowlers’ orders if it means being selected for the first eleven.

Oliver said: “I’ve been desperate to play after I got dropped a few weeks ago. I got a chance and I’m sure I’ve done well enough to stay in the team.

“I can play on the right of midfield like I did on Saturday but I prefer playing in the number ten role, or striker.

“I can play anywhere up there and as long as I’m on the pitch I’m happy.”

The 2-1 win over Alloa, only the Doonhamers’ second victory in 11 outings, has left the Dumfries outfit only four points adrift of fourth-placed Raith Rovers and Oliver insists they are looking up the table.

He added: “There is nothing in the league just now so every game is a bonus to win. Our aim is the play-offs so we’ll try and push on.

“We’ve not had a great few weeks but to get a start and score two goals is great. The most important thing was that we won the game. We’ll take it on to next week against Dumbarton.

“It looked doom and gloom after 30 seconds but we came back to win the game.”