Queen’s Park v Stranraer
More of the same was the message coming from gaffer Gus MacPherson on the eve of the match against Stranraer at Hampden. With his squad having lost just once in their last six matches and that having been at the hands of a late goal from the league leaders, Gus’ men go into the game high in confidence and optimistic of continuing the recent run of good form. Despite this, there was a cautious approach from the gaffer as the club media team caught up with him.
Giving his thoughts on the midweek draw with Alloa firstly Gus said: “I thought we were excellent, despite a slow start where it took us the first 20 minutes or so to find our feet, I thought we played very well against a strong, experienced Alloa side.
“To have gone away from home, played as well as we did, get the goals and take a point from a difficult venue was pleasing. The pitch was perfect and conducive to the type of football we want to play and that allowed players like Luke Donnelly, David Galt and Robbie Leitch, to name a few, play their game.
“There was maybe a little bit of complacency at the start of the season but that can’t be said of the players now in the way in which they have been applying themselves recently. The performances and results epitomise the belief among the squad and there is a hint of frustration that we haven’t picked up more points when we feel performances have merited that.
“We will look to keep the momentum going when Stranraer come to Hampden, although we expect another very tough game. A quick look at their recent form gives a somewhat false impression because they have lost to sides at the top end of the table and in particular, Raith Rovers and Ayr United, who are capable of comfortably beating any team in this league on their day.
“I expect Stranraer to come to Hampden galvanised by recent events and I think as you have seen so many times in the past, these types of situations bring players together so we know we will be up against it.
“Having said that, we know what we need to do and are comfortable in the knowledge that should we continue to apply ourselves in the same manner as we have recently, and continue to show the work ethic we have also shown, we are more than capable of causing any team in this league problems.
“It’s our home game and it’s one which we are very much looking forward to.”
On the squad front Gus confirmed that with no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game he will have the same squad at his disposal as he had against Alloa on Tuesday.
The opposition: The Blues go into the game with the unwanted record of having lost their last three and having picked up just one win in their last six matches. Their last outing was a 5-1 defeat at the hands of league leaders Ayr United on Tuesday, a match which saw them trail 5-0 before a late consolation goal from Kyle Turner in the latter stages of the game. They do however hold the upper hand over the Spiders in meetings this season having taken four points from a possible six.
Head to head: Played 134; Queen’s Park 48; Draw 33; Stranraer 53.
Previous meetings this season: 26/08/2017 – Queen’s Park 2-2 Stranraer; 04/11/2017 Stranraer 3-0 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – WLDWDD; Stranraer DWDLLL.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Adam Cummins (6); Stranraer – Ryan Wallace (10).
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizen (65+) £8; Concession (Student/Unemployed/U16) £3.
Match officials: Referee –Gavin Duncan. Assistants – Brian Templeton and Will Smith.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
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Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v East Fife; Alloa Athletic v Albion Rovers; Ayr United v Arbroath; Raith Rovers v Forfar Athletic.
Our next match: 13/01/2018 v Arbroath at Gayfield. Kick off 3pm.