The Spiders head to the capital on Saturday to take on high flying Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park. Just two places in the table separate the teams in the league table but the sides go into the game in very different form. Mark Roberts will be desperate to see a reaction from his team to last weeks defeat to Cowdenbeath whilst James McDonagh will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce and to build on their away win over Albion Rovers last Saturday.
Ahead of the match the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts. Roberts said: “It’s important that we see a reaction to the disappointment of last week’s defeat. We’ve looked at where we went wrong and from our perspective all three goals have come from set pieces, and we need to work to eradicate the mistakes.
“The score-line flattered Cowdenbeath last week because I didn’t feel at any point, we were totally dominated but we made it to easy for them. Going forward we need to get back to how we were playing at the start of the season, making it difficult for the opposition and looking to press and force them into making mistakes.
“We had a good discussion before training on Tuesday night about how we will set up and look to play on Saturday and I’m hoping that it’s a system which will allow us to cause them problems rather than just looking to stop them playing.
“Edinburgh City are a very good side they are where they are in the table on merit and most people rightly expect them to be at the top of the table come the end of the season. That doesn’t mean we go into the game in fear of them though, it is a massive ask but we will go into the game looking for three points. We need to be disciplined and make sure we don’t give away any silly goals.”
It was good news from the gaffer when pressed on the injury situation as he confirmed the return of Joffrey Lidouren and Alfie Agyeman. Mark confirmed that Lidouren had been rested last week to allow him time to recover from a niggling injury that he had been carrying from the Cove game. The gaffer confirmed that the Frenchman is now fully fit and hinted that he may go straight back in to the starting eleven. Midfielder Reagan Thomson, who’s has spent the week with Scotland, is a doubt with a calf strain but the gaffer was keen not to rule the youngster out completely.
The opposition: The Citizens currently sit second in League Two, three points behind leaders Cove Rangers. James McDonagh’s men have picked up 16 points from their first seven matches and go into the game having won four of their last five. Their last outing was a comfortable 3-1 victory away to Albion Rovers last Saturday.
Head to head: Played 6; Queen’s Park 2; Draw 0; Edinburgh City 4.
Goals scored – Queen’s Park 3; Edinburgh City 10.
Last meeting of the sides: 09/03/2019 Edinburgh City 2-0 Queen’s Park.
Last matches: 21/09/2019 Queen’s Park 0-3 Cowdenbeath; Albion Rovers 1-3 Edinburgh City.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DWDLDL; Edinburgh City LWWDWW.
Match officials: Referee – Chris Fordyce; Assistant Referees – Ivan Stankovic and Cameron Telfer.
Admission prices: Adults £12 ; Concessions £6; U12’s free with a paying adult.
Supporters notes: Edinburgh City have advised that due to corporate bookings, the Supporters bar at the stadium will be closed for this match.
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Our next match: 05/10/2019 v Annan Athletic at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two fixtures: Brechin City v Elgin City; Cove Rangers v Annan Athletica; Cowdenbeath v Albion Rovers; Stirling Albion v Stenhousemuir.