The Spiders make the short trip to Recreation Park to face third placed Alloa Athletic in our first match of 2018. Despite the disappointment suffered as we conceded two late goals against Albion Rovers on Saturday, Gus MacPherson’s men can go into the game high in belief and buoyed by having lost only once in our last five games – a run that has seen us compete with some of the best this league has to offer.
The heartache of those two late Albion Rovers goals may still be fresh in the mind but the match against Alloa presents the players with a quick opportunity to banish those memories and show that lessons have been learned, and the Gaffer was keen to stress just that as we caught up with him on the eve of the match.
Starting with his thoughts on Saturday’s draw with Albion Rovers he said: “The ultimate feeling was one of frustration. Anyone who watched the game would have seen how comfortable we were. Albion Rovers had good possession, but we were rarely troubled and Michael White hardly had a save to make in the second half. Ultimately two moments of slackness have cost us dearly with minutes to go.
“Despite that, there were positives to be taken from the game in terms of how hard we worked and how we played for spells of the game. We’ve spoken on many occasions about game management and seeing a game out and the players know what is required of them in that respect. In terms of the young players who are here and going through that learning curve, the game on Saturday was a harsh lesson in not taking any risks late in the game, clearing your lines and defending from there.”
Turning his thoughts to Alloa Gus said: “The frustration from Saturday is there and we will go into the game looking to put that behind us. It’s undoubtedly going to be a very tough game against a strong Alloa side who have shown us what they are capable of in previous meetings this season.
“We just need to dust ourselves down and go into the game with confidence and the momentum of our performances of late. We’ve shown ourselves to be capable of competing with teams operating at a higher level than us and we need to ensure we match the level of performance we know we can, if we are to take anything from the game.”
On the squad front there was good and bad news. The good news being that midfielder Robbie Leitch’s loan deal from St Mirren has been extended to the end of the season. The bad news, Ewan MacPherson, Ross Millen and Scott Gibson remain sidelined with Gus also confirming that he will have to make late decisions on the availability of a number of others with a virus doing the rounds among the squad.
The opposition: The Wasps go into the game sitting third in the table. Their last match was a 1-0 home win over Stranraer on December 23 where a 57th minute goal from Ross Stewart proved enough to separate the sides. They had been due to play Airdrieonians at the Excelsior last Saturday however the match fell victim of the weather with the pitch frozen.
Head to head: Played 136; Queen’s Park 57; Draw 29; Alloa Athletic 50.
Previous meetings this season: 19/08/2017 – Alloa Athletic 1-0 Queen’s Park. 28/10/2017 – Queen’s Park 0-4 Alloa Athletic.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LWLDWD; Alloa Athletic WWLLWW.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Adam Cummins (5). Alloa Athletic – Kevin Cawley and Kris Renton (5).
Admission prices: Adults £16. Senior Citizens (65+) £8 and Children (U16’s) £4.
Match officials: Referee – Mat Northcroft. Assistants – Gary Hilland and Darren Munro.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Facebook: Get the team news pre-match as well as goal, half time and full-time score updates via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/QueensParkFootballClub.
Other League One fixtures: Albion Rovers v Airdrieonians; East Fife v Raith Rovers; Forfar Athletic v Arbroath; Stranraer v Ayr United.
Our next match: 06/01/2018 v Stranraer at Hampden. Kick off 3pm.