The Spiders make the short trip to Coatbridge to face old foes Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill, a venue that has not been a happy hunting ground for us in recent years. In fact, it’s been six years since Queen’s last came away with a win, but a memorable one that was back in January 2011. Queen’s had been behind most of the game when a late Tony Quinn double won the match for the Spiders.
Since then though, it’s been five defeats on the bounce for Queen’s, an unwanted record that Gus MacPherson and the players will be hoping to bring to an end this time around. Ahead of the game the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Reflecting on the 2-0 home defeat against Alloa last Saturday Gus said: “To start the game in the way we did, after the result and performance we got in the previous game against Stenny, was disappointing. It was an individual error and we know these things happen but it made our job much tougher.
“We did go on to create a couple of good chances during the first half and it was frustrating that we never managed to take any of them, especially with it being our home match.”
Looking ahead to the Albion Rovers match he said: “It goes without saying that it’s going to be a very tough game against an experienced Albion Rovers side. No doubt the playing surface will have an effect on the game as it always does at this time of year but that is something that will affect teams at all levels as has been evident this past week.
“We need to ensure we make it a competitive match, do our best to cut out silly mistakes and set up compact as a team. Albion Rovers have suffered a dip in recent weeks but they’ll be well up for this game and we need to make sure we are as well.
“We have had a fairly consistent run over the past two to three months and that is something that we will be looking to keep going between now and the end of the season.”
The gaffer confirmed that his squad would be bolstered by the return of two players who missed out against Alloa last week as Ross Millen and Aiden McIlduff return to the fold. Gus did however add that defenders Adam Cummins and Scott Gibson will probably miss out through injury, while striker Dario Zanatta is still away on international duty with the Canadian Under-23 side.
The opposition: Rovers go into the game sitting seventh place in the league, two places and four points behind the Spiders but having played one game less. Darren Young’s men haven’t won any of their last four league matches but have only lost one of those games. Their last match was a 1-1 draw at home against Stenhousemuir.
Head to head: Played 210; Queen’s Park 74; Draw 60; Albion Rovers 76.
Previous meetings this season:
01/10/2016 – Albion Rovers (Boyd 30, Wallace 90+2) 2-0 Queen’s Park
10/12/2016 – Queen’s Park (Millen 15, Woods 37) 2-1 Albion Rovers (Stewart 3)
Current form: Queen’s Park LWLDWL; Albion Rovers WWDLDD.
Match officials: Referee – Euan Anderson. Assistants – Alan Mulvanny and Calum Spence.
Admission prices: Adult £14; Concession £7; Under 12s £2. Concession entry covers Senior Citizens, (65+), Unemployed (on production of the appropriate benefit card), students with student ID and Disabled (Carer Free).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Other League One fixtures: Alloa Athletic v Airdrieonians; Livingston v Stenhousemuir; Peterhead v East Fife; Stranraer v Brechin City.
Our next match: Tuesday, February 28 v Brechin City at Glebe Park. Kick off 7.45pm.