The Spiders return to the home comforts of Hampden after victory on the road last weekend. Goals from Dario Zanatta and Anton Brady saw a 10-man Queen’s sweep aside Stenhousemuir at Ochilview, and the manager will be hoping for a similar performance when Alloa come calling.
Ahead of this weekend’s game the club media team caught up with Gus to get his thoughts.
Reflecting on the Stenny game he said: “I was delighted with the performance and the result. We got the goals at good times and despite going down to 10 men, I felt we more than matched Stenhousemuir.
“We had Willie Muir to thank for helping keep them at bay. He produced a superb save early in the game and we seemed stronger from that point in the match. Overall I was very pleased to go away from home, keep a clean sheet and take all three points.”
Looking ahead to the Alloa game, Gus said: “As always, we need to ensure that we are at our best and put 100% into the game. The players know how difficult every match is at this stage in the season and they know that they will have to match the work rate they put in against Stenny last week.
“It’ll be a very difficult game against a strong Alloa side who have already beaten us at Hampden this season but it’s our home game and the onus will be on us to take the game to them. We know that if we play to level we have shown ourselves to be capable of, then there’s every chance we could take something from the game.”
Gus confirmed that he would be forced into a number of changes as he will be without the services of no fewer than three first team players. Ross Millen misses out through suspension, Dario Zanatta is on international duty with the Canadian U23 side and Gregor Fotheringham has played his last game for Queen’s this season as he has moved to Australia, where he will remain until the summer to further his studies.
The opposition: The Wasps currently sit third in the table, one place and one point ahead of Queen’s. They go into the game searching for their first league win since they defeated Stranraer 2-1 at Stair Park on January 7. Since then they have lost 1-0 at home to Peterhead, drawn 1-1 with Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill and then came from behind to drew 2-2 at home with league leaders Livingston.
Head to head: Played 135; Queen’s Park 57; Draw 29; Alloa Athletic 49.
Previous meetings this season: 17/09/2016 – Queen’s Park (Millen pen 54) 1-2 Alloa Athletic.
17/12/2016 – Alloa Athletic 1-1 Queen’s Park (Millen 62)
Recent form: Queen’s Park WLWLDW; Alloa Athletic LWWLDD.
Match officials: Referee – Alan Muir. Assistants – Brian Templeton and Tony Fullerton.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League 1 fixtures: Airdrieonians v Livingston; Albion Rovers v Stenhousemuir; East Fife v Brechin City; Stranraer v Peterhead.
Our next match: Saturday, February 25 v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Kick off 3pm.