Central Park is the destination for the Spiders this Saturday as Mark Roberts’ side seek to build on a recent run of results which has brought three wins from the last four matches. It’s a venue which hasn’t seen much Spiders success from visits in recent years, however a Queen’s side high in confidence will be looking to do what’s necessary to reverse that.
Gary Bollan’s Blue Brazil will have other ideas though as they seek to put an end to a run of five without a win. Since their 3-0 win at Hampden in September, Cowden’s form has been somewhat up and down with them recording two victories, two draws and three defeats, nevertheless Queen’s will again have to be on top of our game to come away from Central Park with anything.
Ahead of the game, Mark Roberts spoke to the club media team and gave his thoughts.
Roberts said; “We’re looking forward to it. Things are going well for us just now, we’re scoring goals and we look a threat going forward which is pleasing.
“We know it’ll be a very different test to what we’ve come up against in the last two games, despite Cowdenbeath not being on a good run just now. When they beat us at Hampden earlier in the season they were in the middle of a very good run but we knew that would end at some point and I felt that they would drop back a bit closer towards the teams below them in the table. That’s obviously happening just now, whilst we’re on a bit of an upturn and we obviously want to continue closing that gap on the teams above us.
“Results over the past week have been good for us in terms of increasing and keeping the distance between us and teams below us but as I said last week, the league table is something that we will always be aware of, but will try not to become distracted with it at this point in the season.
“The expectation level on the players remains the same as it’s always been, going into the game. There is the added level of expectation now on the back of recent wins but that’s always the case in football. When you’re on a good run you can feel unbeatable and then experience the opposite feeling when you lose a couple on the bounce. Almost every side in the league, with the exception of the top two will experience that at some point this season.
“From my perspective though, two wins isn’t enough to say we’re on a good run and I want us to try and turn that into three, four or five and see where that takes us.”
On the injury front the gaffer confirmed he had not been without his problems to seek in training this week with a couple of players sitting out of Thursday nights session in the hope of being able to take their place in the team on Saturday.
The opposition: Gary Bollan’s side sit third in the table after 12 matches, four points behind second placed Edinburgh City, and four points ahead of fourth place Annan Athletic. They are looking to end a run of five without victory, a run that has saw two defeats in their last two outings against Cove Rangers and latterly Annan Athletic.
Head to head: Played 178; Queen’s Park 71; Draw 46; Cowdenbeath 61.Scored – Queen’s Park 291; Cowdenbeath 267.
Last meeting of the teams: 21/09/2019 Queen’s Park 0-3 Cowdenbeath.
Last matches: 09/11/2019 Queen’s Park 5-2 Brechin City; Annan Athletic 1-0 Cowdenbeath.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LLWLWW; Cowdenbeath WDLDLL.
Match officials: Referee – Peter Stuart; Assistant Referees – Ralph Grainger and Steven Traynor.
Admission: Adults £13 and Concession £7 (Concession covers 65+/Disabled/Juvenile/Youths).
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Next Match: 22/11/2019 v Queen of the South at Palmerston Park. Kick off 3pm.
Other League Two fixtures: Cove Rangers v Brechin City; Edinburgh City v Albion Rovers; Stirling Albion v Annan Athletic.