Stranraer are the next visitors to Hampden as the Spiders look to put the disappointment of last week’s defeat to Alloa behind them. The disappointment at that narrow defeat, against one of the sides expected to be challenging for the title this season, is an indication of just how far Queen’s have come in a relatively short space of time.

Ahead of the visit of Stranraer the club media team spoke to manager Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.

Reflecting on the Alloa game, an upbeat Gus said: “It was very frustrating in the manner which we lost the game. We have come up against one of the best teams in the league and held our own. The players put so much into the game, their effort and application couldn’t be faulted, especially in the first half.

“We got the first goal and it actually put us on the back foot when it shouldn’t have. That was frustrating but we can’t criticise the players. We were looking for a reaction from the players to the loss against Peterhead the previous weekend and despite the result, we clearly got that.

“It was a harsh lesson to learn for the players who knew they didn’t deserve to lose the game but at this level poor decisions often mean you’re punished and that’s what happened against Alloa.”

Looking ahead to the clash with Stranraer, Gus commented: “Undoubtedly it will be another tough game, as they all are at this level. We’ll be up against a good Stranraer side who go into the game on the back of a victory against Albion Rovers last Saturday. Despite the score line being 3-2, our report indicates that they won the game reasonably comfortably and played very well particularly in the first half.

“That said, it’s our home game and we know that it’s a game that we’re capable of winning. If the players are able to apply themselves like they did against Alloa last week then there’s every chance we’ll take something from the game.”

On the squad front the was mixed news. The gaffer confirmed that new loan signing Dario Zanatta, who joins from Hearts for a month, goes straight into the squad to bolster the attack. The Spiders will however be without the services of defender Bryan Wharton who serves the first of a two match suspension picked up after seeing red in a midweek Development League match.

He is joined on the side lines by Josh Watt who picked up an ankle injury in training. Scott Gibson who was forced off injured last week remains a doubt, with a decision on his fitness being made closer to kick off.

Stats Life

The opposition: Stranraer currently sit seventh in the league, one place below the Spiders, having picked up six points from their opening six league fixtures. They go into the game on the back of a hard fought 3-2 home win over Albion Rovers last weekend.
Head to head: Played 128; Queen’s Park 47; Draw 31; Stranraer 50.
Last meeting of the sides: 12/05/2012 – Queen’s Park 0-2 Straraer
Recent form: Queen’s Park WDWWLL; Stranraer WLWWLW.
Match officials: Referee – Colin Steven. Assistants – Sean Carr and Ryan Oliver.
Admission prices: Adults £12; Concessions (Senior Citizen/Unemployed/Young Spiders) £2; Parent & Child £13 (plus £1 for each additional child).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League 1 fixtures: Airdrieonians v Albion Rovers; Brechin City v Peterhead;
East Fife v Livingston; Stenhousemuir v Alloa Athletic
Our next match:  Saturday 1st October, v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Kick off 3.00pm.