It’s the home comforts of Hampden for the second weekend in succession for the Spiders as Gary Bollan’s third placed Cowdenbeath side make the journey along the M8 to Glasgow. Mark Roberts side go into the game knowing a victory could move them into third place in the table however home wins have escaped the grasp of the Spiders so far this term with three draws from our three home matches.
Ahead of the game, the gaffer stressed the importance of finding a way to win at Hampden, when he spoke to the club media team. Roberts said: “The draws we have recorded from our three home games so far is something that’s been grating on us and it’s something which we need to rectify and rectify fast.
“Yes, you could look at it and say we’ve not lost a home game but the reality is that we have had to come from behind late on twice just to take a point. It’s vital that we start giving ourselves a better chance and that will come by us scoring the first goal. I’m confident that if we can get ourselves ahead on Saturday, we’ll give ourselves a very good opportunity to take all three points from the game.
“There’s an added incentive, albeit a small one at this early stage in the season, that should we win on Saturday we could move up to third place and that’s something which we will be fighting to do. It’s always positive and it gives you a lift when you can pick up the papers the following day and see you’ve moved up in the table and that’s the situation that we need to work hard to find ourselves in.
“We know it’ll be another tough test against a Cowdenbeath side who are on a good run of form, but we know that a win would keep us on the coattails of Edinburgh City, who we face away from home next Saturday. That’s easier said than done though, and the players know that they’ll need to be at their best straight from kick off tomorrow.
“We will have a couple of decisions to make in terms of players carrying knocks but that won’t mean drastic changes to the side. If we are forced to go without one or two, it’s a great opportunity for someone else to come in and stake their claim for a regular place in the starting XI”.
The opposition: Gary Bollan’s side go into the game sitting third in the table, one place ahead of the Spiders. The Blue Brazil have won four of the last six matches including three wins in a row ahead of the Hampden clash. Their last outing was an impressive 3-0 away win over Stenny last Saturday.
Head to head: Played 177; Queen’s Park 71; Draw 46; Cowdenbeath 60. Scored – Queen’s Park 291; Cowdenbeath 264.
Last matches: 14/09/2019 – Queen’s Park 1-1 Albion Rovers; Stenhousemuir 0-3 Cowdenbeath.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – DDWDLD; Cowdenbeath WLLWWW.
Match officials: Referee – Duncan Williams; Assistant Referees – Colin Drummond and Greig Haynes.
Admission: Adults £15; Concessions (65+/U16/Student/Unemployed) £5.
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Other League 2 games: Annan Athletic v Stirling Albion; Albion Rovers v Edinburgh City; Stenhousemuir v Brechin City; Elgin City v Cove Rangers.
Next Match: 28/09/2019 v Edinburgh City (away). Kick off 3.00pm.