Tis the season to be jolly as the old song goes and for the Spiders faithful heading to Station Park this weekend there’s renewed reason to be jolly. Last Saturday’s well-deserved point from our 1-1 draw at home to Airdrie closed the gap on this weekend’s opponent to goal difference only, just weeks after we had looked to be adrift at the bottom. Saturday’s fixture now presents the Spiders with the chance to move off the foot of the table before Christmas, something which seemed a long shot not so long ago, however nothing can be taken for granted as we go up against an experienced Forfar side on their own patch.
Ahead of the game the club media team caught up with gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his views.
Starting with a quick look back on the Airdrie game Gus said: “The ultimate feeling was one of frustration given that for long spells of the game we dominated possession and started the game very well.”
“We then found ourselves a goal down but I think we have to praise the players for the character and resilience shown in periods of the game. We continued to pass the ball well however the final pass and ball just failed to create a lot of clear cut chances to cause Airdrie a lot of problems. The fact that we have picked another point up and the players are still frustrated is a great sign though.”
Turning his thoughts to the Forfar game Gus said: “Last Saturday’s point was a key point for us in terms of bringing the teams above us closer to us and it closes the gap that we had spoke about a number of weeks ago.”
“We know that it will be a very tough game for us at Station Park, we’ll be up against a Forfar side who are looking to put an end to a run of defeats and they’ll be doing all they can to take three points to open up the gap between the sides.”
“That said, we go there in a confident frame of mind knowing that if we compete from the start and apply ourselves in the right manner, we are capable of taking something from the game. It’s won’t be easy, but we go into the game with some momentum behind us and full belief in ourselves, we just need to ensure we take chances when they come our way.”
The opposition: The Loons go into the game sitting second bottom of the league, one place above the Spiders with the teams separated courtesy of Forfar having scored one goal more. Their last outing was a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Stranraer at Stair Park last Saturday.
Head to head: Played 112; Queen’s Park 42; Draw 29; Forfar Athletic 41.
16/12/2017 – Queen’s Park 1-1 Airdrieonians
16/12/2017 – Stranraer 3-0 Forfar Athletic
Previous meetings this season: 14/10/2017 – Queen’s Park 1-1 Forfar Athletic.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LLLWLD; Forfar Athletic – WWLLLL.
Queen’s Park – Anton Brady, Adam Cummins, Dominic Docherty, Luke Donnelly (3).
Forfar Athletic – Mark Millar (7).
Ground – Adults £12.00 and Concession (65+ & under 17s) £6.00.
Stand – Adults £13.00 and Concession (65+ & under 17s) £7.00.
Match officials: Referee – David Munro. Assistants – Ross Haswell and Michael Addy.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
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Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians vs Ayr United; Albion Rovers vs East Fife; Alloa Athletic vs Stranraer; Arbroath vs Raith Rovers.
Our next match: 30/12/2017 vs Albion Rovers at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.