As fixtures go this season, they won’t come much tougher than Saturday as the Spiders head to the capital to take on James McDonagh’s promotion chasing Edinburgh City. The Citizens currently sit second, five points off Peterhead but in somewhat mixed form, something Queen’s will be hoping to exploit at Ainslie Park.
Ahead of the match the club media team spoke to gaffer Mark Roberts to get his thoughts.
Starting with a quick reflection on last Saturday’s defeat at Annan, Roberts said: “We’ve drawn a line under that game. We lost two goals from Annan’s only two attempts on target and whilst that was disappointing, the conditions of the match were farcical. We always want to see games played, instead of being called off but with the conditions as they were at Galabank, we won’t be dwelling on the game.
“One positive we can take is Steven Bradley getting game time. Technically Steven is a great prospect and has some great attributes for a young player. The supporters will be seeing more of him between now and the end of the season.”
Looking ahead to the trip to Edinburgh Roberts commented: “It’s yet another very tough game in store for us against a side that I regard as the best footballing team in the league. Edinburgh City might not be going through their best spell of the campaign, but they have players who can hurt any team in this league and are still very much in the title race.
“We go into Saturday’s game, as we have with the other games recently, in the strange situation where we know we won’t be going up, or down. The players are very much aware however that that does not mean this, and the remaining games, are meaningless. Everyone knows the importance of maintaining a high level of performance and not switching off, anyone who does switch off will be replaced.
“It’s important we’re ruthless, particularly in games such as Saturday. We’ll need to take ay chances that come out way and be at, or close to, our best should we want to take anything from the game.”
On the squad front the gaffer was pleased to confirm that Scott McLean, who missed out last week, is fit again and goes straight back into the squad. Gerry McLauchlan remains side lined, and it’ll be another week or two before he is likely to feature again. Billy Mortimer, who was injured at Galabank last week, is definitely out.
The opposition: The Citizens currently sit second in the table, five points behind league leaders Peterhead with nine league matches remaining. They go into the game on the back of a 1-0 home win over Berwick Rangers on Tuesday night where a solitary Blair Henderson strike, his 33rd goal of the season, proved enough to take all three points.
Head to head: Played 5; Queen’s Park 2; Draw 0; Edinburgh City 3.
Previous meetings this season: 22/09/2018 Queen’s Park 0-2 Edinburgh City; 01/12/2018 Edinburgh City 2-0 Queen’s Park; 12/01/2019 Queen’s Park 0-4 Edinburgh City.
Recent form: Queen’s Park WDLDDL; Edinburgh City WDDWLW.
Last matches: 02/03/2019 Annan Athletic 2-1 Queen’s Park; 05/03/2019 Edinburgh City 1-0 Berwick Rangers.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Lewis Hawke (9 goals); Edinburgh City – Blair Henderson (33 goals).
Match officials: Referee – Peter Stuart. Assistants – Alan Mulvanny and Craig King.
Admission: Adults – £12; Concessions – £6 (OAP 65 years +, Students with matriculation card, under 18s); Under 12s – Free with any paying adult
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Our next match: Tuesday 12th March v Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park. Kick off 7.45pm.
Other League Two matches: Berwick Rangers v Cowdenbeath; Elgin City v Clyde; Peterhead v Annan Athletic; Stirling Albion v Albion Rovers.