The Spiders are on their travels again as Gus MacPherson takes his squad south to face an in-form Stranraer side. Queen’s head for Stair Park on the back of a confidence boosting 1-1 draw at home against Livingston last Saturday, a result which means that Queen’s have taken seven points from a possible nine against the firm favourites for the League One title this season. That in itself is no mean feat, and Gus will be hoping the players kick on from there as the battle for play-off spots intensify with 10 games remaining.
On the eve of the Stranraer clash, a happy manager told the club web team: “We were delighted with the performance and result against Livingston last Saturday and it’s vital that we take the positives from that into the Stranraer game.
“We were up against the league leaders last Saturday and gave a great account of ourselves and we will now be up against the league’s form team in Stranraer this weekend. They are on a great run just now and their recent change of management has had a very positive impact.
“That said, we can travel in the knowledge that we have already proved ourselves capable of getting a result down there and knowing that on our day, we can compete with anyone in this league. It goes without saying that it will be another very tough game but we are confident in our own ability and know the importance of ensuring we compete well from the start.”
As the league heads for its final quarter, the table is still incredibly tightly bunched. And the Gaffer wasn’t looking any further ahead than tomorrow’s encounter. He added: “If someone had told us at the start of the season we would be in this position at this point, we would have bitten their hand off for that. But we will take each game as it comes between now and the end of the season and see where that takes us.”
On the injury front Gus confirmed that defender Scott Gibson remains sidelined as he battles back from injury but otherwise, he has a full squad to chose from.
The opposition: The Blues go into the game unbeaten in their last six matches with three wins and three draws. They have recorded impressive wins in their last two fixtures beating Brechin City 2-0 at Stair Park a fortnight ago and then beating Airdrieonians 2-1 at the Excelsior Stadium last Saturday. That result left them in seventh place in the league, one spot and three points behind Queen’s, who have a game in hand over them.
Head to head: Played 124; Queen’s Park 44; Draw 29; Stranraer 51.
Previous meetings this season:
24/09/2016 – Queen’s Park 0-2 Stranraer;
05/11/2016 – Stranraer 0-2 Queen’s Park;
31/12/2016 – Queen’s Park 0-1 Stranraer.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LDWLLD; Stranraer DWDDWW.
Admission prices: Adults £15; Concession £10; Secondary School £5; Primary School FREE.
Match officials: Referee – Gavin Ross. Assistants – David Roome and Ross Birrell.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League One fixtures: Albion Rovers v Airdrieonians; Alloa Athletic v Stenhousemuir; Livingston v East Fife; Peterhead v Brechin City.
Our next match: Saturday, March 18 v Brechin City at Hampden. Kick off 3pm.