Elgin City are the visitors to the National Stadium on Saturday afternoon and with just two points separating the sides, it’s a fixture that presents Queen’s with an opportunity to move into fourth place, and a play off spot, should they come out with all three points. That however will be easier said than done, with Elgin going onto the match on the back of three wins, the latter of those being a 3-0 victory over long time league leaders, Cove Rangers, a week ago.
Queen’s however go into the game looking to extend our own good run in the league having taken 13 points from a possible 15 since Ray McKinnon’s arrival in early January and on the eve of the clash, the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Previewing the game, he said: “It’s yet another match that we go into very much looking forward to, also in the knowledge that it will be a very tough game. Elgin are going into the game on the back of a very good result last week and are above us in the table, they are a good team and can be very dangerous.
“For us though it’s important that we focus on our own application and performance. It’s vital that we are switched on and concentrated for the entire 90 minutes. If we can do that, and play the way we want to, we’ll give ourselves a very good chance of winning, whilst also showing Elgin the respect they deserve.
“We will continue to look up the table and our ambition continues to be the playoffs however; we will take each game as it comes.
“Last weekend against Stirling Albion the boys worked extremely hard in the tough conditions and got a result which they deserved. The reaction of both the players and the fans after the goals demonstrates the togetherness and everyone’s desire to go on and win the game. It was shown with the emotion after Peter Grant’s goal that the fans really enjoyed it and played their part in the game. That’s something that we obviously want to build upon.”
On the injury front Ray confirmed that he will have late calls to make on two or three players however emphasised that he feels the squad has the ability to cope without them, should they not make it. The gaffer confirmed that Kieran Moore, who came off the bench and made a massive impact with two goals at Stirling last week, is now back to full fitness.
The opposition: Elgin sit one place and two points above Queen’s in the table, occupying fourth spot. They have the upper hand in fixtures between the sides this season, having taken four points from the matches and go into the game on the back of three wins on the bounce. Their last outing was a resounding 3-0 victory over league leaders Cover Rangers at Borough Briggs a week ago.
Head to head: Played 63; Queen’s Park 30; Draw 18; Elgin City 15. Scored: Queen’s Park 113; Elgin City 71.
Previous meetings this season: 24/08/2019 Queen’s Park 0-0 Elgin City; 26/10/2019 Elgin City 3-1 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park WWLDWW; Elgin City LWLWWW.
Last matches: 08/02/2020 Stirling Albion 1-3 Queen’s Park; Elgin City 3-0 Cover Rangers.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Salim Kouider-Aissa (15); Shane Sutherland (25).
Match officials: Referee – Scott Lambie. Assistants – Gordon Crawford and Gary Hanvidge.
Admission: Adults £15 and Concessions £5 (Concession covers 65+; U16; Student; Unemployed)
Programme: Access our digital match programme HERE.
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QPTV: Post match reaction from the manager and a player will be available shortly after the game. Match highlights to follow on Sunday on our YouTube channel.
Other League Two matches: Brechin City v Annan Athletic; Cove Rangers v Edinburgh City; Cowdenbeath v Stirling Albion; Stenhousemuir v Albion Rovers.
Our next match: 22/02/2020 v Cove Rangers at the Balmoral Stadium. Kick off 3.00pm.