Tuesday night sees the Spiders make a much-anticipated return to league business as we make the journey to Fife for what’s sure to be a tough test against Cowdenbeath at Central Park. The majority of those in the Spiders camp will undoubtably be pleased to be back facing sides at our own level after a very tough cup double header over the last fortnight against Connah’s Quay Nomads and then Raith Rovers, both ending in defeat for Mark Robert’s young side.
The Spiders may have exited both the Irn-Bru and Scottish Cup but both ties will have been great learning experiences and the squad can take positives from the manner they went about their business and forced Raith Rovers to work for everything they got at Hampden little over 48 hours ago.
Ahead of the Cowdenbeath game Mark Roberts spoke to the media team to give his thoughts.
Roberts said: “I’m pleased to be returning to league business after two cup ties. Both those games have been learning experiences for our squad and certainly highlighted that there’s two different ways to win a game. The younger members in our squad in particular will have taken a lot from those games and it’ll help stand them in good stead in the future.
“Our focus now turns to Tuesday night and the target is to do whatever we need to do to get three points from what is always a very difficult place to go and get a result. These are the types of games that we know we need to get the sleeves rolled up and work as hard as possible. It’ll be entirely different game to what we’ve been involved in over the last few weeks.
“We know Cowdenbeath will be well up for it and they’ll be looking to close the gap between them and us. They had a positive result in the cup at the weekend and a good victory away to Annan in their last league match, so we’ll need to be at our best if we are to get a positive result from the match.
On the squad front Roberts will be forced into at least one change to the starting XI with centre back Dom McLaren suspended following his red card against Peterhead in our last league game and with a number of his squad carrying knocks, the head coach may or may not be forced into other changes.
The opposition: Gary Bollan’s side currently sit seventh in the League Two table after 12 matches, one place and four points behind the Spiders. They go into the game on the back of a 1-0 home win over Highland League side Brora Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Saturday. David Cox’s goal five minutes before the break proved enough for Cowden to progress and earned them a lucrative home tie against Rangers in the fourth round. Their last league outing was just over a fortnight ago where they recorded a very decent 2-0 away win over Annan Athletic.
Head to head: Played 174; Queen’s Park 71; Draw 44; Cowdenbeath 59.
Last meeting of the sides: 01/09/2018 Queen’s Park 0-0 Cowdenbeath.
Recent form: Queen’s Park WWDWLL; Cowdenbeath LWWLWW.
Last matches: 24/11/2018 Queen’s Park 0-3 Raith Rovers; Cowdenbeath 1-0 Brora Rangers.
Match officials: Referee – Steven Kirkland. Assistants – Joseph Lawson and Kevin McElhinney.
Admission prices: Adults £12; OAP (65+) £6; Youths (U16) £6.
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Our next match: Saturday 1 December v Edinburgh City (away). Kick off 3.00pm.