It’s derby day on Sunday as Danny Lennon’s Clyde visit the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie as the Betfred Cup group stage draws to a close. It may look on paper to be a fairly meaningless cup tie, but no derby match ever is. With both teams still searching for their first win in the competition and looking to end the game with three points, it certainly has the makings of a decent game if both teams perform to their potential.
As the squad went through a light training session at Lesser Hampden on Friday night, the gaffer gave his thoughts to the media team.
Looking ahead to the game Roberts said: “We’ll obviously be looking to finish on a positive note but if I’m being honest it’s a game we could probably do without, given the injuries we have in the squad at this stage. We know there’s nothing to play for in terms of progressing to the next round, but the players and backroom staff are fully aware that it’s a derby game and of the importance of making sure we’re up for it.
“We would love to finish with a victory and that’s what we’ll be looking to do, but with the start of the league campaign less than a week away, my first priority is to hopefully finish the game with a clean bill of heath and no further injuries to content with.
“There will obviously be a number of enforced changes through injury and suspension but the guys who come in will be more than capable of doing a job. It’ll be great to have Tommy back in the centre of the park and Joffrey, who joined us this week, will also be available.
Commenting on what he hopes the Frenchman will add to the squad Mark said: “He’s shown already in training that he is very able in the technical side of the game, his passing, movement etc is not in question for me. It’s important however that he adapts to the speed of the game in Scotland. I expect it’ll be a bit of a culture shock to him given it’ll be much faster than he’ll have been used to, but he’s got a bit of experience behind him and I’m hopeful he can use that to his advantage”.
On the injury front Queen’s will be without the services of both Nicky Jamieson and Calvin McGrory who were both forced off through injury on Wednesday night against Airdrie. The gaffer confirmed the prognosis for McGrory is around month on the side lines, disappointing to say the least after the very promising start the youngster has made in the centre of the park, with Jamieson likely to be out for a couple of weeks. Club Captain Scott Gibson remains unavailable as he battles back to full fitness and Billy Mortimer misses out through suspension.
There was however some good news though with the squad being bolstered by the availability of Tommy Block and Lewis Magee, both of whom missed Wednesday night’s game through suspension having picked up two bookings each in the opening two games. The squad is also strengthened by the inclusion of recent recruit Joffrey Lindouren with the 24 year old French midfielder going straight into the first team squad.
The opposition: The Bully Wee sit bottom of Group F having lost all three of their fixtures to date. Danny Lennon’s side lost their opening match 3-1 away to Hamilton before going a 3-2 home defeat against Stenhousemuir last Sunday. Their most recent outing was a narrow 3-2 midweek defeat against Championship side Partick Thistle at Firhill on Wednesday night.
Head to head: Played 192; Queen’s Park 64; Draw 39; Clyde 89.
Goals scored – Queen’s Park 296; Clyde 363.
Last meeting of the sides: 27/04/2019 Clyde 3-0 Queen’s Park, League Two.
Last matches: 24/07/2019 Airdrieonians 2-2 Queen’s Park (Airdrieonians won the bonus point 12-11 on penalties); 24/07/2019 Partick Thistle 3-2 Clyde.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DLD; Clyde LLL.
Match officials: Referee – Scott Lambie. Assistants Referees – Stuart Hodge and Michael MacDermid.
Admission: Adults £12.00 and Concessions £6.00.
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Other Betfred Cup Group F game(s): Airdrieonians v Hamilton Academical (Saturday 27th July).
Our next match: v Stirling Albion at Forthbank. Kick off 3.00pm. League Two.