Queen’s make the journey over the border tonight to take on Berwick Rangers in our final Betfred Cup Group F tie at Shielfield Park. Gus will undoubtedly be looking for a continuation of the form which saw a comfortable 3-0 win over Edinburgh City on Saturday as his side face League Two opposition once again, but that will be easier said than done at a venue that has always proved a notoriously difficult place to get results from.
Ahead of the game the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Reflecting on Saturday’s victory Gus said: “I thought it was a very good win and I was delighted with the second half performance in particular. The first goal in games like that makes a difference I thought it helped us to get that fairly early on. To get the second shortly after half time was also very pleasing.
“Given that we had made a number of changes from the previous game, the manner in which we won the game was very pleasing. We have brought a number of new faces in over the summer and the squad is starting to come together. It’s particularly good to know that despite us not having the biggest squad, we have different options all over the park and these games have been beneficial in allowing us to have a look at those different options while also being competitive. Having said that, I would still hope to be able to add another one or two new faces to bolster the squad.”
Looking ahead to the trip to Berwick he said: “We expect a tough game at what is always a difficult venue to go and play at. I’m looking for us to continue the form we saw from the players on Saturday and for us to build on that. The result is somewhat irrelevant as we look to continue to build for the league campaign which is just around the corner.
“From our perspective the game isn’t ideal in terms of the travelling midweek and the scheduling of these fixtures could have been better given that we have two full time teams in the group stages. Due to the travelling and time involved midweek we will be without a couple of players but as I have always said, this will present others with the opportunity to come in and stake their claim for a place.”
Head to head: Played 148; Queen’s Park 60; Draw 30; Berwick Rangers 58.
Last meeting of the sides: 05/03/2016; Queen’s Park 0-0 Berwick Rangers (League Two).
Current form: Queen’s Park LDW; Berwick Rangers LD.
22/07/2017; Queen’s Park 3-0 Edinburgh City.
18/07/2017; Edinburgh City 2-2 Berwick Rangers (Edinburgh City won penalty shootout 4-2).
Match officials: Referee – Gavin Ross. Assistants – Michael Banks and Calum Doyle.
Admission prices: Adult £12 & Concession £6.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Our next match: 05/08/2015; vs Arbroath at Gayfield. Kick off 3pm.