Last season’s League 2 champions East Fife are the visitors to Hampden as Queen’s look to end a run of five successive defeats. The Irn Bru Cup defeat to Championship side Dunfermline last Saturday was not entirely unexpected, but gaffer Gus MacPherson will be keen for his players to take the positives from that match going into this weekend’s game.

Ahead of the East Fife clash the club media caught up with the manager. Looking back on the 2-1 defeat against Dunfermline Gus said: “I thought we were very close to getting a result against a very experienced and strong Dunfermline side who ultimately are geared up for Championship football. The objective in the first half was to keep it tight and I felt we did just that and managed to frustrate Dunfermline.

“The disappointing factor was to lose a goal so early in the second half and that caused us to lose our way a bit. We then found ourselves 2-0 down due to our own mistakes and from there it looked a really difficult task. The own goal got us back into the game and I felt in the final 15 minutes we looked like we could have got an equaliser with the game as open as it was.

“Overall I couldn’t fault the squad for their application and we were proud of their efforts.”

Looking ahead to the East Fife game the gaffer made it clear that the same level of application and commitment is needed if we are to bring the current run of defeats to an end. Gus said: “We know that it will be another tough game against an East Fife side who are in decent form. We played them a number of times last season and they were tight matches.

“That said, it’s our home game and the onus is on us to try and get all three points. I believe that if the players can apply themselves like they did last week and continue working hard, we will start putting points on the board and moving up the league. Recent results have not been what we wanted, but overall I feel we have shown that we have the ability to compete against teams at this level and with continued hard work, I believe we will start seeing the results we’re looking for.”

The gaffer confirmed that his squad is bolstered by the return of Josh Watt from injury after a number of weeks on the sidelines.

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The opposition: The Fifers currently sit fourth in League One having picked up 11 points from their opening eight matches. They come to Hampden on the back of a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Stranraer a fortnight ago. Prior to that they recorded an impressive 3-1 home win over Livingston.

Head to head: Played 114; Queen’s Park 45; Draw 24; East Fife 45.

Last meeting of the teams: 26/03/2016; East Fife 1-1 Queen’s Park.

Recent form: Queen’s Park WLLLLL; East Fife LLWDWL.

Match Officials: Referee – Colin Steven. Assistants – David Roome and David Ingram.

Admission prices: Adults £12; Concessions (Senior Citizen/Unemployed/Young Spiders) £2; Parent & Child £13 (plus £1 per additional child).

Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC

Other League 1 fixtures: Airdrieonians v Peterhead; Brechin City v Alloa Athletic; Livingston v Albion Rovers; Stenhousemuir v Stranraer.

Our next match: v Airdrie at the Excelsior on Saturday, October 22. Kick off 3pm.