It’s a second home game in succession for the Spiders as seventh placed Cowdenbeath travel to Hampden for this afternoon’s match. After a fortnight without action following the disappointing, but expected call off at Elgin last Saturday, Mark Roberts men will be raring to go, on the back of the resounding 7-1 win over Berwick Rangers two weeks ago.
Ahead of the match the club media team spoke to the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Roberts said: “After the unwanted break last weekend the whole squad is ready and raring to go. The call off last week was more disappointing because we were looking forward to the opportunity of building on the Berwick Rangers result.
“That said, the confidence and positivity from that result has carried through training over the last two weeks and Saturday’s game against Cowdenbeath is one which we are eagerly anticipating. We’re expecting a very difficult game against a strong Cowdenbeath side who were deserved winners the last time the sides met.
“The win over Berwick put some space between us and the bottom two sides and for me now, the focus is on those teams above us and winning as many games as possible between now and the end of the season. We’ll be taking each game at a time and although Saturday gives us the opportunity to move ahead of Cowdenbeath in the table, that’s not really something we’ll be focussing on.
“The atmosphere in and around the squad at present is fantastic and for me it’s extremely enjoyable to be watch and be part of. If we keep our performance levels high and play to the levels we know we are capable of, we will pick up victories and naturally start moving up the table. That’s obviously easier said than done but we have shown recently we’re a very good side on our day and the players will continue to work hard to match the high standards they’ve set.
“The other positive aspect just now is that we have close to a full squad to choose from for Saturday, which gives me a positive selection headache having come through a difficult period where we seemed to be hammered by a combination of injuries and suspensions for a while.”.
The opposition: Gary Bollan’s side current sit seventh in the table, one place and one point ahead of the Spiders having played one game less. They go into the game on the back of a 3-1 home defeat against Rangers in the Scottish Cup a week and a half ago. Their last league outing was a narrow 1-0 defeat against Clyde at Broadwood on 26th January.
Head to head: Played 175; Queen’s Park 71; Draw 44; Cowdenbeath 60.
Previous meetings this season: 01/09/2018 Queen’s Park 0-0 Cowdenbeath; 27/11/2018 Cowdenbeath 2-0 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LLDLDW; Cowdenbeath LLWWLL.
Last matches: 26/01/2019 Queen’s Park 7-1 Berwick Rangers; 30/01/2019 Cowdenbeath 1-3 Rangers.
Top scorers (all competitions): Lewis Hawke (8); Jordyn Sheerin (8).
Match officials: Referee – Steven Reid. Assistants – Stuart Hodge and David Milton.
Admission: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (U16) £3.
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Our next match: 16/02/2019 v Peterhead at Balmoor Stadium. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two matches: Albion Rovers v Elgin City; Annan Athletic v Clyde; Berwick Rangers v Stirling Albion; Peterhead v Edinburgh City.