Brechin City are the next visitors to Hampden as the Spiders look to continue the run which has seen them go four games unbeaten in league and cup. Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Montrose in the Third Round of the Scottish Cup made it three wins and a draw from the last four outings and ensured progress to the Fourth Round where we will face Ayr United at Somerset Park in January.
For Brechin, who make their first visit to Hampden in more than seven years, it was Scottish Cup heartache in midweek as they crashed out courtesy of a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Championship side we will now meet.
On the eve of the Brechin game, the club media team spoke to gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Looking back on Tuesday night’s victory he said: “It was sloppy at times and a little bit laboured, but it was a cup tie and the most important thing was to progress to the next round. It was important for us to make the home advantage count and I feel we did that.
“We knew going into the game that it wasn’t going to be easy. We had an idea of how Montrose would set up in terms of trying to frustrate us, but we stuck to our task and got our goals at good times. The second goal from Paul Woods came at a point in the game where Montrose had been enjoying the better of the second half.
“Overall, it was a case of job done and with the next round of the cup not until January, we can put that on the back burner and concentrate on the league until then.”
Looking ahead to the Brechin clash Gus said: “It goes without saying that it’ll be a very tough game. We know they’re a difficult opponent. We played them early on in the season and did very well to bring a point back down the road from Glebe Park. That was a very tight game, with no goals, but we had to defend very well and we would expect it to be the same this time around.
“Brechin have made a great start to the season, only two points off top spot. Their form, particularly away from home, has been impressive with them recently recording a comfortable win away to Peterhead.
“Having said that, we can go into the game in a confident frame of mind with our recent form. We have been playing some decent football ourselves in recent weeks and we know if we can play to the standards that we have previously set, that we can compete with any team on our day.”
On the squad front, Gus confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game. On loan forward Dario Zanatta returns after missing out on Tuesday night. But there is an unusual absence against Brechin as Craig McLeish misses out because he’ll be on international duty, having been called up to the Scottish National Futsal side.
The opposition: Brechin currently sit third in League One, just two points behind leaders Livingston. They go into the game after a mixed run of results, winning three and losing three of their last six league matches.
Head to head: Played 102; Queen’s Park 33; Draw 25; Brechin City 44.
Last meeting of the sides: Brechin City 0-0 Queen’s Park, Saturday, August 20, 2016.
Current form: Queen’s Park LLWDWW; Brechin City LWLWLL.
Match officials: Referee – Mike Roncone. Assistants – Ross Haswell and Alastair Grieve.
Admission prices: Adults £12; Concessions (Senior Citizens/Unemployed/Children) £2; Parent & Child £13 (plus £1 for each additional child).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Other League 1 fixtures: Albion Rovers v Livingston; Peterhead v Airdrieonians.
Our next match: Saturday, December 10, v Albion Rovers at Hampden. Kick off 3pm.