Queen’s Park v Airdrieonians
The Spiders return to the home comforts of Hampden to take on seventh placed Airdrieonians after a narrow defeat on our travels last weekend. Those who made the journey to Ayr last Saturday may ultimately have left feeling frustrated but the overriding feeling was one of pride at the performance which saw Queen’s come within minutes of taking something from the league leaders.
Ahead of the Airdrie game the club media team spoke to Gus MacPherson who started with his thoughts on the 3-2 defeat to Ayr United. Gus said: “The feeling was one of frustration having been in a winning position and having played so well. I thought the opening 10-15 minutes had a physical aspect to the game that we didn’t handle but once we settled down, got the ball on the deck and were able to pass it around I thought we did well to get ourselves in front.
“The game itself was a fantastic learning curve for our younger players and for Lewis Magee it was the toughest game he’s ever had against experienced physical strikers but he’ll be learning more in games like this than he ever could at development level.
“The overall performance was terrific and there was nothing more that could have been asked of the players. They have given a very good account of themselves but it’s important we learn from this game and try to maintain these standards.”
Turning his thoughts to this weekend’s game an optimistic Gaffer said: “It will be yet another very difficult game against an experienced Airdrie side. We have an idea what to expect having watched them against Raith Rovers last weekend in a match which they drew but did more than enough to win.
“That said, it is our home game and we go into it on the back of some very good performances over the last five or six weeks, where we haven’t got the points our performances have merited. The players know they need to match the endeavour and energy they have shown recently and they know the importance of competing from the start.
“It’ll be a difficult game but we know that if we apply ourselves in the right manner we will give ourselves a chance of taking something from the match.”
There was positive news on the squad front as Gus confirmed that midfielder Gregor Fotheringham returns from suspension and striker Luke Donnelly, who missed out last week, is passed fit. Longer term casualties Ewan MacPherson and Ross Millen remain sidelined as they continue to battle back from their respective injuries.
The opposition: The Diamonds go into the game sitting seventh in the table having picked up 19 points from 16 games so far this season. Their last outing was a 2-2 home draw against second placed Raith Rovers last Sunday. Despite having gone behind midway through the first half, they got themselves ahead only to be denied all three points courtesy of a 91st minute equaliser from the Starks Park side.
Head to head: Played 150; Queen’s Park 36; Draw 55; Airdrieonians 59.
Recent league form: Queen’s Park LLLLWL; Airdrieonians DLWLWD.
Last meeting of the teams: 30/09/2017 – Airdrieonians 4-2 Queen’s Park.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park: Anton Brady, Dominic Docherty, Luke Donnelly and Thomas Orr – 3. Airdrie: Ryan Conroy, Willis Furtado, Cameron Russell, Scott Stewart – 4.
Match officials: Referee – Grant Irvine. Assistants – Stuart Stevenson and Finlay Currie.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (U16) £3.
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Other League One fixtures: Alloa Athletic v Arbroath; East Fife v Ayr United; Raith Rovers v Albion Rovers; Stranraer v Forfar Athletic.
Our next match: 23/12/2017 – v Forfar Athletic at Station Park. Kick off 3pm.