Alloa Athletic are the opposition for the Spiders today as Gus’ men look to build on the results of recent weeks which has seen them take points against top of the league Livingston, and in-form Stranraer and Brechin. Queen’s may not have won any of these three fixtures but proved once again that on our day, we are a match for any side in this league.
Ahead of the trip to Alloa, the club media team spoke to Gus to get his thoughts.
Reflecting on the 1-1 draw with Brechin last Saturday he said: “I thought both teams were pretty evenly matched in the first half. They are a difficult side to play against and similar to ourselves they were well organised.
“I felt that in the first half in particular, we didn’t play as well in the final third as we know we are capable of, but credit to David Galt and Dario Zanatta who started the second very well and created a number of chances, ultimately though we never took them.
“To have gone a goal down so late in the game it felt like a sucker punch, but credit to the boys they never gave up, battled to the end and got the equaliser which I thought we were thoroughly deserving of and that could be a very important point to us come the end of the season.”
Looking ahead to today’s match Gus said: “It’s going to be another massive challenge for us, which we have become used to now. We know we’ll be up against an Alloa side that are in very good form but we have faced the other in form sides in this league over recent weeks and have stood up to them head on and met that challenge.
“The points we have taken against Livingston, Stranraer and Brechin in recent weeks have been hard fought, well deserved, and reaffirm what we have already proven on numerous occasions this season, that we can compete with any team in this league.
“We go into this game with that momentum behind us, and while we are under no illusions as to how difficult a task we face, we are confident in our own abilities. The players know the importance of ensuring that they compete from the start and of taking chances when they come our way.”
Gus confirmed that his squad would be bolstered by the return of defensive duo Ross Millen and Adam Cummins who had missed out last week due to injury and suspension respectively. Both players will go straight back into the squad for the game and they could be joined by Scott Gibson and Gavin Mitchell. The gaffer confirmed that both players are very close to a return from injury and had trained with the squad this week. Gus said that late decisions will be made on the fitness of both players. He will however, be without the services of midfielder Anton Brady who misses out through suspension after an accumulation of yellow cards.
The opposition: The Wasps currently sit second in the table, four places and 14 points ahead of Queen’s. They go into the game in fine form, unbeaten in their last seven matches. Their last match was a 0-0 draw away to East Fife last Saturday and prior to that they had won their previous four league games. The Wasps have lost just four of their 14 home games so far this season, scoring 25 times and conceding 17.
Head to head: Played 136; Queen’s Park 57; Draw 29; Alloa Athletic 50.
Previous meetings this season
17/09/2016 – Queen’s Park 1-2 Alloa Athletic.
17/12/2016 – Alloa Athletic 1-1 Queen’s Park
18/02/2017 – Queen’s Park 0-2 Alloa Athletic
Recent form: Queen’s Park WLLDDD; Alloa Athletic WWWWDW.
Match officials: Referee – Mike Roncone. Assistants – Graeme Leslie and Alex Shepherd.
Admission prices: Adults £16; Over 65s £8; under 16s £4.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League 1 fixtures: Brechin City v East Fife; Livingston v Airdrieonians; Peterhead v Stranraer; Stenhousemuir v Albion Rovers.
Our next match: Saturday, April 1, vs East Fife at Bayview. Kick off 3pm.