Old foes Albion Rovers are the visitors to Hampden for Saturday’s League Two fixture. John Brogan’s men head to the National Stadium looking to end a dismal start to their competitive season which has saw them lose all eight of their matches so far, conceding 25 and scoring just one. However, Gus will also be keen to see a positive reaction from his squad as we look to bounce back from the disappointment of last Saturday’s defeat at Annan.
Ahead of the Hampden clash the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Gus said: “It’s a game that we are looking forward to and from our perspective it’s important we see a reaction after the disappointment of last week’s defeat at Annan where a crazy eight-minute spell at the start of the second half cost us.
“We know Albion Rovers, like every other side who come to Hampden, will be looking forward to the match and they will looking to win the game and end the unwanted run they find themselves on. However, it’s our home match and the onus is on us to go out, compete and take the game to Albion Rovers. We will be respectful to the opposition, but I am looking for us to go out and play the game on the front foot and get forward as much as possible.
“We’ve enjoyed a good start to the competitive season in terms of the performance levels and how the squad is gelling together and it’s vital that we look to maintain that. We have a good, honest and hardworking squad who have quickly learned, and continue to learn, what is expected of them and Saturday’s match will be no exception.
“We go into the game without injury troubles to seek but on a positive note first, I am delighted that we have been able to add Lewis Hawke, a left side striker, to the squad within the last 24 hours. Lewis is capable of playing in two or three positions and that’s the type of player we need in the squad.
“Injury wise we have six or seven ruled out, namely Dominic McLaren, Daniel Nimmo, Dean Kindlan, Daniel Kindlan, Josh Peters and Calvin McGrory. From those players Dominic has returned to full training however Calvin is likely to be out for a number of weeks.
“The injury situation, as we’ve saw in recent weeks has provided youngsters such as James Grant and Ali Miller, the opportunity to step in and it’s been pleasing to see them grasp that opportunity. We’re likely to see another couple of youngsters in the squad tomorrow and we hope that they to take the opportunity when it comes as that is what this club is all about.”
The opposition: John Brogan’s men go into the match looking to end a poor run of form that has saw them start with eight consecutive defeats in the Betfred Cup, Irn-Bru Cup and League Two. That run has saw the Cliftonhill side concede 25 goals along the way with just one goal scored. Their last outing was a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Elgin City last Saturday when a 57th minute goal from Chris McLeish proved enough to separate the sides.
Head to head: Played 218; Queen’s Park 76; Drawn 63; Albion Rovers 79.
Last meeting of the sides: 13/03/2018 Albion Rovers 1-1 Queen’s Park.
Last matches: 18/08/2018 Annan Athletic 3-1 Queen’s Park; Albion Rovers 0-1 Elgin City.
Match officials: Referee – Scott Lambie. Assistants – Graeme Leslie and Liam Butler.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student / Unemployed / Children (u16) £3.00.
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Our next match: Saturday 1st September v Cowdenbeath at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two fixtures: Berwick Rangers v Annan Athletic; Clyde v Edinburgh City; Elgin City v Cowdenbeath; Stirling Albion v Peterhead.