Forfar are the visitors to Hampden on Saturday as Gus’ men look to banish the memories of last weeks dismal defeat at Airdrie and put points on the board at this crucial stage in the season. With results going as they did last weekend, the Loons impressive 5-1 home win over Stranraer saw them move off bottom and out of the danger zone into eighth place, at the expense of Albion Rovers and ourselves. As games go, they haven’t been more important than this Saturday’s which is real old fashioned six pointer.
Ahead of the Hampden clash the club media team spoke to the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Starting with a quick look back at the Airdrie defeat Gus said: “Ultimately it was extremely disappointing. We knew the importance of the game and the manner in which we started the game meant that we made it extremely difficult for ourselves. We lost two poor goals from our perspective and never really competed. It’s amazing how you can go from one extreme the previous Saturday at East Fife, to what we saw for a large part of the game at Airdrie.”
“I thought we were better in the last half hour of the game after we had made a few changes, thrown caution to the wind and tried to get bodies forward. We did cause them some problems and they also had a couple of chances, as you would expect when we were so open. However I was very disappointed that we were forced into those changes in order to make an impact on a game as important as that was.”
“The most frustrating aspect from our point of view, aside from losing the goals as cheaply as we did, was that we were second best in every department, in particular in the middle of the park which is key area.”
Turning his thoughts to the visit of Forfar he said: “We know just how tough a game this is going to be with Forfar coming into it high in confidence from their win last weekend. We’re at the start of another very important run of games and we know there is a need to put points on the board, in particular against the sides closest to use in the table.”
“The players know what is expected of them, they know that need to go out there, compete and cause Forfar problems. First and foremost, we need to defend well and eradicate the individual errors as much as possible. They players have an opportunity to put the disappointment and frustration of last week’s game behind them.”
“We know the standards we’re capable of reaching and we know that should we reach that level we are more than capable of winning games and putting points on the board. We know that’ll it’ll be a competitive match, but the onus is on us as the home side to ask questions of the opposition and take chances when they come our way.”
On the squad front Ross Millen is available for selection again following his one match suspension served last Saturday however long-term casualties Ewan MacPherson, James MacLennan and Kevin Green remain side-lined.
The opposition: Jim Weir’s side currently sit eight in the table, just three points above the Spiders with both sides having played 26 matches so far. They go into Saturday’s game on the back of a resounding 5-1 home win against Stranraer, a win that saw them move off the foot of the table and up two places out of the danger zone. Incredibly they were two up after just six minutes courtesy of a Mark Aitken double, before Russell Dingwall and Greg Hurst doubled the lead with less than half an hour on the clock. Dylan Easton made it five with just under 20 minutes to go before ex Spider Paul Woods scored the consolation goal for the visitors.
Head to head: Played 113; Queen’s Park 43; Draw 29; East Fife 41.
Recent league form: Queen’s Park DLLLWL; Forfar Athletic LWWLLW.
Previous meetings this season: 14/10/2017: Queen’s Park 1-1 Forfar Athletic; 23/12/2017 Forfar Athletic 0-3 Queen’s Park.
Last matches: 17/02/2018: Airdrieonians 2-1 Queen’s Park; Forfar Athletic 5-1 Stranraer.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park: Adam Cummins (9). Forfar Athletic: Mark Millar (8).
Match officials: Referee – Scott Millar. Assistants – Graham Chambers & Ben Dempster.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (u16) £3.
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QPTV: You can catch Gus MacPherson’s and the players post-match reaction on QPTV. The interviews should be available a couple of hours after the final whistle.
Other League One fixtures: Ayr United v Airdrieonians; East Fife v Albion Rovers; Raith Rovers v Arbroath; Stranraer v Alloa Athletic.
Our next match: 03/03/2018 v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Kick off 3.00pm.