Christmas came early for Spiders fans last Saturday as we recorded our biggest league victory of the season to move off the bottom of the table for the first time in what felt like an eternity. With Albion Rovers next up for Queen’s everyone in the Hampden camp will be hoping for a continuation of the winning form that saw us put three past Forfar with no reply.
Ahead of the Rovers game we caught up with Gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Starting with a look back on the Forfar game he said: “I was delighted with the victory. I thought the manner in which the players applied themselves from the start of the game was excellent and we got the goals at very good times, one very early in the game and the other on the stroke of half time. That helped settle us down a bit.
“We knew the second half would be different and that they would make it more difficult for us as they threw on the big guys. But credit to our defence, we stood up to the test and I think Michael White only had one save to make in the second half. We defended very well, and a clean sheet is always a pleasing bonus.
“We had gone into the double header against Airdrie and then Forfar having set the players the challenge of taking a minimum of four points from those fixtures. We were disappointed not to have taken all three points from the Airdrie game so the win against Forfar was key in terms of keeping the momentum going.”
Turning his thoughts to the Albion Rovers game an optimistic Gus said: “We’re delighted to be back at Hampden and it’s a tie that we go into hopeful of taking all three points from.
“The players know what is expected of them in terms of maintaining the standards that they have set. We’ve been competitive against everyone we’ve faced for a number of weeks now and it’s vital that we continue that if we are to continue picking up points.
“We go into the game in a positive frame of mind but respectful that we will be up against a strong Albion Rovers side who gave us a real tough time on their last visit to Hampden. We got some credit back when we went to Cliftonhill and took all three points from the last meeting of the sides, but we know just how tough a match this will be.
“It goes without saying that we want to keep the momentum going and if we are to do that then we are going to have to be at our best from the start again on Saturday. We know we are capable of it so it’s a game we very much look forward to.”
On the squad front the gaffer confirmed that midfielder Gregor Fotheringham is added to the squad, while long term casualties Ross Millen and Ewan MacPherson are joined on the side-lines by defender Scott Gibson who remains out of action having picked up an injury in the warm up of the Airdrie game a fortnight ago.
The opposition: Rovers go into the game sitting eighth in the table, one place and five points ahead of Queen’s having played 16 matches – two less than the Spiders. Saturday will be the second meeting of the sides at Hampden this season with Rovers having won very comfortably, 5-2, on their last visit. They go into this game on the back of a pulsating 3-2 home win against East Fife last week when they came back from being a goal down early on to eventually take all three points courtesy of Scott McLaughlin’s second half goal.
Head to head: Played 214; Queen’s Park 76; Draw 61; Albion Rovers 77.
Last matches: 23/12/2017 – Forfar Athletic 0-3 Queen’s Park; Albion Rovers 3-2 East Fife
Previous meetings this season:
12/08/2017; Queen’s Park 2-5 Albion Rovers; 21/10/2017; Albion Rovers 0-1 Queen’s Park
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LLWLDW; Albion Rovers DLLLDW.
Queen’s Park – Adam Cummins and Dominic Docherty (4).
Albion Rovers – Alan Trouten (21).
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizen (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed £3. and Children (U16) £3.
Match officials: Referee – Kevin Graham. Assistants – Paul O’Neill and Ross Birrell.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
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Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v Alloa Athletic; Arbroath v East Fife; Ayr United v Forfar Athletic; Raith Rovers v Stranraer.
Our next match: 02/01/2018 v Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park. Kick off 3pm.