Gary Bollan’s Cowdenbeath side are the visitors to Hampden on Saturday as Gus’ men go in search of a third successive home victory for the first time in almost two years. That though is easier said than done and there was an air of caution from the manager as the club media team caught up with him on the eve of the match.
Looking ahead to the Hampden clash Gus said: “It’s a game that we’re very much looking forward to and one which it is important that we go into in a confident frame of mind. We have won both our home matches so far and can take confidence from that, however I expect Saturday to be an entirely different game to that which we had against Albion Rovers last weekend.
“We know we will be up against an experienced Cowdenbeath side who with Scott Martin and Jordyn Sheerin will pose a real threat going forward. It’s important that we compete from the start and defend well when required.
“As everyone seen last Saturday, the playing surface at Hampden is in fantastic condition and that helps us to go out and enjoy our football. We’ve worked extremely hard to pick up the points that we have on the board so far and we have done that playing good passing, effective football in those games. The pitch at Hampden allows for that and it’s something we must continue to take advantage of. On the other hand, we are all too aware that the playing surface and environment is something which other sides visiting Hampden relish.
“There’s an expectation on us now to be winning games but it’s not as simple as that. That expectation puts on an onus on our players to continue working as hard as possible to combat it and Saturday will be no different.
“If we can go out and play the type of football that we have shown ourselves to be capable of so far this season then we will give ourselves a very good chance of taking something from the match but we need to be mindful, and respectful, of the threat that Cowdenbeath will pose.
On the injury situation the gaffer confirmed that his squad is bolstered by the return of Gavin Lachlan and Brendan Sharpe however Ewan MacPherson, who has picked up an injury midweek, misses out. Other than that Gus will have the same squad of payers at his disposal to that which he had against Albion Rovers last Saturday.
The opposition: Gary Bollan’s side go into the game sitting seventh in the table, having played one game less than the majority of teams as a result of last week’s match against Elgin being postponed. Their last outing a fortnight ago saw them record a convincing 4-0 home win over Berwick Rangers. That result came on the back of defeats in their opening two matches against Clyde and Annan Athletic.
Head to head: Played 173; Queen’s Park 71; Draw 43; Cowdenbeath 59.
Last meeting of the sides: 07/05/2016 Cowdenbeath 1-0 Queen’s Park (SPFL League One Play Off Semi Final).
Last matches: 25/08/2018 Queen’s Park 2-0 Albion Rovers; 18/08/2018 Cowdenbeath 4-0 Berwick Rangers.
Match officials: Referee – John McKendrick. Assistants – Michael Banks and Paul Timmons.
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Our next match: 08/09/2018 v The New Saints (Irn-Bru Cup) at Park Hall Stadium, 7.35pm kick off.
Other League Two fixtures: Albion Rovers v Berwick Rangers; Annan Athletic v Clyde; Elgin City v Stirling Albion; Peterhead v Edinburgh City.