Saturday sees the Spiders play their final home match of 2019 and as they will come this season, they won’t be much tougher than the league leaders, Cover Rangers, visiting. Paul Hartley’s side have occupied top spot in League Two on merit for some time and head to Hampden looking to keep or extend their narrow two-point lead at the top. Meanwhile Mark Roberts will be hoping for a much improved performance than what he got from his players against Stirling Albion, and in doing so, look to close the gap on fourth placed Annan Athletic ahead of next week’s visit to Galabank.
Ahead of the game Mark spoke to the club media team and gave his thoughts: “For me there’s an element of the unknown about tomorrow’s game because from our point of view the result will depend on what side of us turn up. Those who saw us against Queen of the South and Edinburgh City will know that on our day we are a match for anyone in this league, however we saw a very different side to ourselves in particular away to Albion Rovers a fortnight ago, and to an extent last Saturday.
“Those performances were not good enough, and although last Saturday wasn’t as bad as the previous week, we need to be much better. Having said that, despite not playing great last Saturday I still felt we did enough to have deserved to win the match, but we didn’t, and we need to put that behind us.
“It’s hugely important that we are at our best this Saturday if we are to give ourselves a chance of taking anything from the game. We know Cove are a very good side, but they are not unbeatable and if we are at our best it’s a game, we are capable of winning. That won’t be easy though, they’re going into the game on the back of a victory last week which ended a sticky spell for them where they had lost two in a row, so they’ll be looking to start build on that.
“From our perspective we want to end the year on a high and get the best possible results on Saturday and next week. At this stage of the season every point is vital. Brechin have won 2 games on the bounce and will feel confident of getting off the bottom spot and with only 11 points separating fourth to bottom, it shows that things can change very quickly if you go on a good or a bad run. We need to make sure we do the former.”
On the squad front the gaffer was pleased to announce the return of Creag Little to the squad after the centre back had missed out last week through suspension, also confirming that he has a full squad to choose from with no fresh injury concerns arising from training this week.
The opposition: Cove go into the game on the back of a narrow 2-1 victory at home to Stenhousemuir a week ago. With the score tied at 1-1 the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Hopkirk picked up a second booking, and the home side went on to grab a late winner to take the points courtesy of John Robertson.
Head to head: Played 1 Queen’s Park 0; Draw 0; Cove Rangers 1.
Scored – Queen’s Park 0; Cove Rangers 3.
Last meeting of the teams: 31/08/2019 Cove Rangers 3-0 Queen’s Park.
Last matches: 14/12/2019 Queen’s Park 1-1 Stirling Albion; Cove Rangers 2-1 Stenhousemuir.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – WLWWLD; Cove Rangers WWWLLW.
Match officials: Referee – Craig Napier; Assistant Referees – Gordon Crawford and Kevin Lindsay.
Admission: Adults £15 & Concession £5.
Concession covers 65+/16 & under/Student/Unemployed).
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QPTV: Post match reaction from the manager and a player will be available on QPTV as possible after the final whistle. Match highlights to follow on Sunday.
Next Match: 28/12/2019 v Annan Athletic at Galabank. Kick off 3pm.
Other League Two fixtures: Albion Rovers v Annan Athletic; Cowdenbeath v Stenhousemuir; Elgin City v Brechin City; Stirling Albion v Edinburgh City.