Methill is the destination for the Spiders this weekend as they face fourth placed East Fife at Bayview. With just a handful of games remaining between now and the end of the season and things very much heating up in the mix for a play-off spot, it’s all to play for between the sides.
Undoubtedly Gus MacPherson will be hoping to build on the recent performances that has seen his squad compete against the best sides League One has to offer and make one final push towards an unexpected play-off spot and they head to Fife full of confidence following last weeks late equaliser against Alloa.
Ahead of the game, the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Looking back on the Alloa match a delighted MacPherson said: “it was extremely pleasing to get the late equaliser and take a point from what had been a very tough match”.
“I felt that we competed very well in the first half and there wasn’t too much between the sides at half time, but having said that, Alloa dominated the second half and it was a case of us having to hang on. It was great to get the equaliser and I thought the whole team displayed great resilience which was rewarded with the late goal”.
Looking ahead to the East Fife match Gus said: “We know that it’ll be yet another difficult game but we have proven on many occasions so far this season that we are able to compete with any team in this league on our day. The players know the importance of competing from the start on Saturday. We are well aware of their capabilities as they’re a side we have faced on many occasions over the last few seasons so we know it’ll be a tough test”.
“East Fife are fourth placed on merit and have got themselves into the position with some very good results this season, but we are confident in our abilities going into the game. It’s a venue that we won at earlier in the season and we go there again in a confident frame of mind”.
“We have had some very good performances and hard fought results in recent weeks and the squad has shown a real never say die attitude. That is something which we need to continue to show going forward and we will be looking to turn the draws that we have recorded in recent weeks, into wins”.
Gus confirmed that his squad will be bolstered by the return of midfielder Anton Brady who missed out last week due to suspension. On loan striker Kalvin Orsi who also missed out last week remains unavailable.
The opposition: Barry Smith’s side currently sit fourth in the table, occupying the final play off spot with six league matches to play. That puts them two places and four points ahead of Queen’s who have a game in hand. East Fife go into the game on the back of successive away defeats having lost 2-1 to Brechin a fortnight ago and then 1-0 to Albion Rovers last Saturday.
Head to head: Played 117; Queen’s Park 47; Draw 25; East Fife 45.
Previous meetings this season
15/10/2016 – Queen’s Park 1-0 East Fife
19/11/2016 – East Fife 1-2 Queen’s Park
04/02/2017 – Queen’s Park 2-2 East Fife
Recent league form: Queen’s Park LLDDDD; East Fife LWWDLL.
Match officials: Referee – David Lowe. Assistants – John McCrossan and Evan Cairns.
Admission prices: Adult £13; Senior Citizens (60+) £10; Child £5; Parent & Child £16; Parent & 2 children £19.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Other League One fixtures: Alloa Athletic v Albion Rovers; Brechin City v Livingston; Peterhead v Airdrieoninas; Stranraer v Stenhousemuir.
Our next fixture: v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill on Tuesday 4th April. Kick off 7.45pm.