Our old foes Albion Rovers head to Hampden on Saturday as Gus’ men look to continue the recent run of form which has saw us win four and draw the other of our last five games, conceding only one goal along the way. Ensuring a continuation of that run will be no mean feat as we take on a Rovers side who sit one place and one point ahead of us in the table. Rovers go into the game on the back of an impressive 2-1 midweek win away to Brechin.
Ahead of Saturday’s Hampden clash, the club media team caught up with Head Coach Gus MacPherson.
Reflecting on the win over Brechin last Saturday a delighted Gus described the win as excellent, before going on to say: “It was extremely pleasing to take all three points from what was a very tough match. We knew we would have to match Brechin physically and I felt we did that well”.
“For us the goals came at ideal times. I felt we thoroughly deserved to go in 1-0 up at the break as we had been on top for a lot of the first half. The second goal was also vital and I felt that it left Brechin deflated as they knew they were very much still in the game at that point given they were only a goal behind”.
Looking ahead to the Albion Rovers match Gus said: “We go into the game looking to continue the recent run of good form but we need to remember just how hard we have worked for those results if we are to take anything from the game on Saturday. We have earned those results and if we play to our capabilities we have every chance of a result against Albion Rovers”.
“We know we will be up against it though, they are going into the game on the back of an excellent midweek win away to Brechin, a win that moved them above ourselves in the table. It is guaranteed to be a tight match and one look at the table as things stand, show just how tight the league is this season”.
“We hope that we are able to go out there and put in a performance that merits us taking all three points and that’s what the players will be focussed on doing”.
On the squad front the gaffer confirmed that there are no fresh injuries ahead of the clash, giving him the same squad at his disposal to which he had for the Brechin game last Saturday. There was some positive news in that youngster Gavin Mitchell resumed training this week after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The opposition: Rovers currently sit fifth in the table, one place and one point ahead of the Spiders. They go into the game on the back of an impressive 2-1 away win against Brechin midweek. They came back from a goal down to win it courtesy of a Ross Stewart double.
Head to head: Played 209; Queen’s Park 72; Draw 60; Albion Rovers 76.
Last meeting of the teams: 01/10/2016 – Albion Rovers 2-0 Queen’s Park.
Current form: Queen’s Park LWDWWW; Albion Rovers DLWWLW.
Match officials: Referee – Craig Charleston. Assistants – Ralph Gordon and Calum Scott.
Admission prices: Adults £12; Concessions (Senior Citizens/Unemployed/Children) £2; Parent & Child £13 (plus £1 for each additional child).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v Stenhousemuir; Brechin City v East Fife; Peterhead v Alloa Athletic; Stranraer v Livingston.
Our next match: Saturday 17th December, v Alloa Athletic at The Indodrill Stadium. Kick off 3.00pm.