After what seems like an eternity without league football, the Spiders return to action this weekend with Forfar making the trip south to provide the opposition at Hampden. One look at the league table ahead of the fixture tells you all you need to know about how important the match is this early on in the season. The sides are level on points, separated by just one goal, as the visitors occupy bottom spot and Queen’s ninth in League One.
Ahead of the game the club media team caught up with Gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Starting with a quick look back at our last match, a 4-2 defeat away to Aidrieonians, Gus said: “It was naturally a very disappointing result. To go behind early on was a setback but I thought we did very well to get ourselves level so quickly and that was important. I was of the opinion that both teams were fairly evenly matched in the first half and I didn’t think there was much between us as we went in level at the break.
“The second half performance, however, was one that I didn’t see coming and the manner in which we lost the goals just epitomised the performance in the second 45. Once again we conceded poor goals from individual mistakes and that is something which we need to continue to work hard to eradicate.
“The two-week break has given us time to analyse and reflect on the Airdrieonians game. And the squad, being the honest group that they are, have been able to appreciate where they went wrong. That said, it is not something we will be dwelling upon as our thoughts now turn to a very important home match against Forfar at Hampden.”
Gus added: “It’s too early in the season to be looking at this match and saying it’s a must win, or one that we can’t afford to lose, but one look at the table shows that it is a very big match for us.
“We know we need to dig deep, work hard and try and replicate the types of performances we saw in parts of the games against Raith Rovers and Ayr United – particularly in the latter of those two games. People might look at the results and say we lost the games but there can be no doubt that the performances and the number of chances we created in the Ayr United game were positives to be taken.
“We are aware that Forfar will provide a tough test for us. They too will be looking at the league table and viewing the game as a chance to put some much needed points on the board. But we can be confident that should we reach the standards that we have set on occasions this season, we are more than capable of taking something from the match.”
On the injury front the gaffer confirmed that long term casualty Ewan MacPherson remains side-lined with an ankle problem and he is joined in the stand by Michael Bailey who will miss out through a virus.
The opposition: The Loons go into the game sitting bottom of the table on goal difference. Their last outing, a 1-1 draw at home to Stanraer, saw them put an end to an unwanted run of seven defeats on the bounce. Saturday will be new manager Jim Weir’s first match in charge of the club having taken over earlier this month.
Head to head: Played 112; Queen’s Park 42; Draw 29; Forfar Athletic 41.
Last matches: 30/09/2017 – Aidrieonians 4-2 Queen’s Park; Forfar Athletic 1-1 Stranraer.
Last meeting of the teams: 01/08/2015 Queen’s Park 0-2 Forfar Athletic.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LDWLLL; Forfar Athletic LLLLLD.
Queen’s Park – Anton Brady and Dominic Docherty 3.
Forfar Athletic – Mark Millar 5.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizen (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed £3 and Children (U16) £3.
Match officials: Referee – Alan Muir. Assistants – Mark McLean and Jordan Curran.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League One fixtures: Ayr United v Airdrieonians; East Fife v Albion Rovers; Raith Rovers v Arbroath; Stranraer v Alloa Athletic.
Our next match: 21/10/2017 v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Kick off 3pm.