The Spiders head for Brechin and the first of three consecutive away fixtures for Gus’ men. Everyone in the Queen’s camp will be hoping for a repeat of the performance and result of last Saturday’s brilliant 2-1 win over Airdrieonians but that will take some doing against a Brechin side who sit one place and one point ahead of Queen’s in the table.
Ahead of the game the club media team caught up with gaffer Gus MacPherson. Looking back on the Airdrie victory a clearly delighted Gus said: “We played ever so well, worked extremely hard for each other and deservedly took the lead. I felt we could have scored one or two more before a moment of slackness just before the break allowed them back into the game. At that point Airdrie could have gone ahead.
“We settled things at half time, produced a great second half performance and went on to win the game, deservedly in my opinion. It was a great team performance and showed the real quality that we possess within this squad. The group showed a real determination to try to make amends for the disappointing performance against Stranraer and it was the reaction we were looking for.”
Looking ahead to Brechin the gaffer said: “It’s yet another tough test for the squad but given the reasonably consistent form we have been producing over the last two/three months, it’s a game which we go into with confidence.
“We’re away from home and we know we will be up against a good Brechin side at a venue that we had to fight extremely hard to take a point from earlier in the season. Brechin, like ourselves, have had a great first half of the season.
“There’s not been a lot between the sides in the two previous games this season and I wouldn’t expect Saturday to be any different. That said, it’s a game we look forward to and one which we know we are capable of taking something from.”
On the injury front there was good and bad news as Gus confirmed that Scott Gibson, who was forced off during the first half of last weekend’s game, is a doubt. The defender’s chances of featuring are 50/50. The squad will however be boosted by the return of David Galt who missed the win over Airdrie.
The opposition: Brechin currently sit fourth in the league, one point and one place above the Spiders. They go into this weekend’s game on the back of two successive 1-0 defeats against Peterhead at Glebe Park and then Albion Rovers at Coatbridge.
Head to head: Played 103; Queen’s Park 34; Draw 25; Brechin City 44.
Previous meetings this season: 20/08/2016 – Brechin City 0-0 Queen’s Park. 03/12/2016 – Queen’s Park 2-0 Brechin City.
Current form: Queen’s Park WWDWLW; Brechin City LLWWLL.
Match officials: Referee – John McKendrick. Assistants – Willie Conquer and Richard Murray.
Admission prices: Adults £13; Concession (65+ and U18s) £7; Parent & Child £16 (plus £2 for each additional school aged child).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Other League 1 fixtures: Airdrieonians v East Fife; Alloa Athletic v Peterhead; Livingston v Albion Rovers; Stenhousemuir v Stranraer.
Our next match: Saturday, January 21 at 3pm, v Ayr United at Somerset Park, Scottish Cup Fourth Round.