Morton v Queen’s Park
The Spiders travel to Cappielow looking to put Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Motherwell firmly behind them. Having gone in level at the break with our Premiership opponents, a goal shortly after the break and three goals inside the final 15 minutes gave the Steelmen a comfortable 5-1 victory at Hampden.
Ahead of the Morton game the club media team caught up with Gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
On the Motherwell match Gus said: “I had mixed feelings. I thought we did ever so well for the best part of an hour, despite going a goal behind we stuck to our task and got an equaliser and looked reasonably comfortable.
“We said to the players at half time that the first 15 minutes of the second half would be key but we lost a poor goal inside that period and that had a major impact on us.
“The match left us with plenty to work on though. While we are disappointed in the manner in which we lost the goals, there are positives to be taken from performance in the first hour. We had a number of new faces making their debuts and it was a tough opening test for them to come up against a team of Motherwell’s calibre. But we will look to learn from the mistakes we made and work on that as we continue to progress towards the start of the league season.”
Looking forward to the Morton match Gus said: “Similar to Saturday, it will be another very tough game for us, as they all are at this stage in the season. We are, like other part time clubs, using the Betfred Cup to give players game time and continue to build fitness levels as we look to the start of the league campaign.
“We will be looking to improve on Saturday’s performance and better every aspect of our game against Morton, and in subsequent games against Edinburgh City and Berwick Rangers.
“We are very aware of the risk Morton will pose in the game. They’re a good side who have made a few additions to their squad over the close season and it will be another test for our guys, particularly those who have made the step up from junior football over the summer but it is a challenge that we look forward to. The report we have on Morton’s game at the weekend indicates that they dominated possession and should have won the game far more comfortably.”
On the squad front the gaffer confirmed that there are a couple of injury doubts for the game with late decisions having to be made on the fitness of one or two players who picked up knocks against Motherwell. Gus also indicated that there will be a couple of other changes to the starting XI as he looks to give game time to as many players as possible at this early stage of the season.
Head to head: Played 127; Queen’s Park 45; Draw 25; Morton 57.
Last meeting of the sides: 03/09/16; Queen’s Park 2-0 Morton (Irn-Bru Cup).
Last matches: 15/07/17 – Queen’s Park 1-5 Motherwell; Berwick Rangers 0-1 Morton.
Match officials: Referee – Colin Steven. Assistants – Sean Carr and Colin McAlpine.
Admission prices: Adult £12 Concession (65+/u16/student) £6 (proof of age must be shown), Child U12 free when accompanied by full paying adult. Tickets must be purchased at the ticket booth beside the Main Stand turnstiles. Please note that the new ticket only turnstiles will be used for the first time at this game. Please allow plenty of time as it is likely to be busy.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Our next match: 22/07/2017 vs Edinburgh City at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.
Supporters notes: Morton have sent the following advice for Queen’s supporters travelling to the match – http://www.queensparkfc.co.uk/?p=4772