Peter Murphy’s Annan Athletic are the visitors to Hampden on Saturday for a match that both sides will be as equally determined to take all three points from. With neither side having won any of their last five, three points on the board come 4.45pm on Saturday would be massive and Mark Roberts’ indicated his determination to make sure those points remain at Hampden, when he spoke to the club media team on the eve of the match.
Looking ahead to the game Roberts’ said: “It’s no secret that our home form so far this season has not been what we would have wanted and it’s important that we look to find a way to end that and get a home win on the board, sooner rather than later.
“We’re expecting a very tough game against a strong Annan side. Peter is a good manager and his teams are difficult to beat but it’s our home match therefore the onus is on us to find a way to win the game.
“Results wise Annan are on a similar run to ourselves of late and we find ourselves on the same points going into the game. The league table just now is crazy but three points on Saturday could make a big difference and that’s exactly what we will be looking to pick up.
“Ultimately these are the games that will make or break our season when we look back at the end of the campaign. We expect both Cove and Edinburgh City to pull away so the games against the other seven sides, for us, are those that we really need to be picking up as many points as possible from, if we are to be at the right end of the table come the end of the campaign.
“Saturday is a huge game and I’m aware that I’m stating the obvious, but we need to start winning our home matches. I have been pleased with the majority of our performances away from home so far and I believe we will pick up points on the road but success starts with winning home matches and we hope to get off the mark on Saturday.
The gaffer confirmed that he is hopeful of having a full complement of players at his disposal for the game despite hinting that there may be one or two late decisions to be made on the fitness of those carrying knocks.
The opposition: The Galabankies currently sit sixth in League Two, level on points with Queen’s after eight matches. Their recent form has been somewhat up and down and they go into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat away to league leaders Cove Rangers last weekend. Their last victor came courtesy of a 3-2 win over Albion Rovers back on 17thAugust.
Head to head: Played 34; Queen’s Park 10; Draw 7; Annan Athletic 17. Scored – Queen’s Park 43; Annan Athletic 55.
Last matches: 28/09/2019 Edinburgh City 2-1 Queen’s Park; Cove Rangers 3-0 Annan Athletic.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – WDLDLL; Annan Athletic WLDLDL.
Match officials: Referee – David Lowe; Assistant Referees – Gary Hilland and Steven MacDonald.
Admission: Adults £15; Concessions (65+/U16/Student/Unemployed) £5.
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Other League 2 games: Albion Rovers v Elgin City; Brechin City v Stirling Albion; Cowdenbeath v Edinburgh City; Stenhousemuir v Cove Rangers.
Next Match: 19/10/2019 v The Spartans (away). Kick off 3.00pm.