The Spiders make the short journey along the M8 to Coatbridge to take on old foes and free scoring Albion Rovers on Saturday. Queen’s head to Cliftonhill with hope, more than expectation, of putting an end to a run of four games without a win, but it’ll be no mean feat to take something from a side who sit third in the table.
On the eve of the match the club media team caught up with Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts on last week’s draw with Forfar and to preview this weekend’s game.
Looking back on the Forfar game Gus said: “Ultimately it was a feeling that we’ve experienced already this season, one of frustration. I thought we played well in spells, passed it well and got the ball into good areas and the only criticism was the final ball into the box could have been better”.
“That said, we continued to persevere and press forward at every opportunity and that was rewarded with the late equaliser. It would have been extremely hard on the group had we not taken something from the game, but I think it’s a game we could and should have won given the control we had, particularly in the first half, but a moment of slackness meant we found ourselves behind”.
“If we can continue to play in that manner and improve on our final ball into the box I will be very pleased. It’s just vital that we continue to work hard to cut out the individual mistakes which have cost us at times”.
Turning his thoughts to the Albion Rovers game the gaffer said: “This is a game that will be entirely different to last weekend’s match against Forfar. We know that it will undoubtedly be a very difficult fixture against an experienced Albion Rovers side who have done well in front of goal in recent weeks”.
“From the feedback we have had on their 5-4 defeat against East Fife last weekend it appears they played very well and were extremely unfortunate to lose the game. There’s not many times you go away from home, score four goals and not take anything from a game”.
“We know we will need to work extremely hard for each other if we are to take anything from the game. They recruited well over the summer and have already won the previous game comfortably, albeit we added to our own downfall that day at Hampden. It’s guaranteed to be a difficult game but it’s one which we look forward to”.
On the injury front the gaffer confirmed that he has the same squad at his disposal to that which he had last Saturday, meaning that striker Ewan MacPherson remains side-lined as he battles back from an ankle injury,
The opposition: Rovers go into the game sitting third in the table with 15 points from their opening nine matches. They lost their last outing, a high scoring 5-4 game away to East Fife, but won the two matches prior to this which took their goal tally to 12 goals scored in their last three games.
Head to head: Played 213; Queen’s Park 75; Draw 61; Albion Rovers 77.
Last meeting of the sides: 12/08/2017; Queen’s Park 2-5 Albion Rovers
14/10/2017; Queen’s Park 1-1 Forfar Athletic
14/10/2017; East Fife 5-4 Albion Rovers
Recent form: Queen’s Park DWLLLD; Albion Rovers WWLWWL.
Match officials: Referee – Mike Roncone. Assistants – Ivan Stankovic and Michael Addy.
Admission prices: Adult £14; Concession £7*; Children (U12) £2.
* Concession entry covers Senior Citizens, (65+), Unemployed (on production of the appropriate benefit card), students with student ID and disabled (carer free).
Other League One fixtures: Alloa Athletic vs East Fife; Arbroath vs Airdrieonians;
Forfar Athletic vs Ayr United; Stranraer vs Raith Rovers.
Our next match: 28/10/2017; vs Alloa Athletic at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.