PARTICK THISTLE boss Jackie McNamara blamed a sodden Palmerston Park for Saturday's dire goalless draw with Queen of the South.
The Jags came away from Dumfries with a point but there was little else for the travelling support to celebrate after a 90 minutes which both managers admitted lacked class.
Concerns that the game could fall victim to the torrential overnight rain were eased when the clouds cleared early on Saturday morning.
But the normally lush Palmerston surface was heavy and meant flowing football was at a premium.
McNamara conceded the conditions made for a difficult afternoon.
He said: "It was a big factor.
"When you get a player with the quality of Allan Johnston unable to take a corner properly, something's up. Normally it's a decent surface here."
Thistle had a great chance in 17 minutes when Tommy Stewart broke through only to see his lob land on the roof of the net.
But Queens rookie Kevin Holt should have handed the Doonhamers the lead shortly after interval when his effort was blocked on the line by Scott Fox.
McNamara's men ended strongly though and squandered two glorious chances to bury the bottom dogs.
First Chris Erskine saw his shot blocked from close range then sub Christie Elliot blasted the ball over the bar at the death.