The less said about last weekend’s defeat to Airdrie, the better, but the message from the manager going into the game against Stenny this weekend is a clear one … he wants to see a reaction to that defeat from his squad.
The club media team spoke to the gaffer on the eve of the Stenny game to get his thoughts. Gus said: “Disappointment was the overriding feeling from the Airdrie game. I thought it was harsh on us to go in 3-1 down at the break as I felt we had played some decent football in the first half. But we still lost three goals from set pieces and that was hard to take.
“Unfortunately, we never got going after the break and to an extent it looked like we felt sorry for ourselves as we huffed and puffed our way through the second half. The manner in which we conceded the goals was the most disappointing factor for me as it was not like us. It’s now time to put that game behind us and look forward to Saturday.”
On the Stenny match, the gaffer said: “It’s another big game albeit it’s still very early in the season. We have, in most of our home games, set a decent standard and that’s something which we need to look to match on Saturday.
“It’s our home game and the onus is on us to take the game to them. If we play on the front foot we are more than capable of causing problems to any team in this league. We know that if we win the game, the outlook on the league table will look much more favourable for us, but likewise Stenny will see the game as a chance to close the gap between the sides and we need to be mindful of that.
“We may sit second bottom of the league but we’re also only four points off a play-off spot at the other end of the table and that is a sign of how tight things are at this level. I’ve spoken on a number occasions about the fine margins between winning and losing in this league and it’s something we’re always mindful of – particularly going into games like this next one.”
The manager was concerned to confirm that he’ll be forced to make late calls on a number of players as a bug has been doing the rounds. He did however have good news in that Jamie McKernon is added to the squad after a long spell on the side-lines with injury.
The opposition: Stenny go in to the game bottom of the league, four points behind Queen’s. The Warriors’ last game was a 3-1 home defeat against Brechin City a week ago. They took the lead just before the hour through Mark Gihaney but the visitors hit back with three goals of their own to take all three points back to Glebe Park.
Head to head: Played 139; Queen’s Park 60; Draw 34; Stenhousemuir 45.
Last meeting of the teams: 13/08/2016 – Stenhousemuir 1-2 Queen’s Park
Recent form: Queen’s Park LLLLWL; Stenhousemuir LDDWLL.
Match officials: Referee – David Munro; Assistants – Stephen Mitchell and Finlay Currie.
Admission prices: Adults £12; Concessions (Senior Citizen/Unemployed/Young Spiders) £2; Parent & Child £13 (plus £1 per additional child).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League One fixtures: Alloa Athletic v Albion Rovers; Brechin City v Livingston; East Fife v Airdrieonians; Peterhead v Stranraer.
Our next match: Saturday, November 5, v Stranraer at Stair Park, kick off 3pm.