Queen’s Park v Alloa Athletic
After what seems like an eternity without football at this crucial stage in the season, the Spiders return to action with Jim Goodwin’s Alloa Athletic side providing the opposition at Hampden. With last Saturday’s match against Albion Rovers joining all other SPFL fixtures in falling foul to the weather, Gus MacPherson’s men will be raring to go again as the battle to avoid the drop intensifies.
Ahead of the game the club media team spoke to the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Gus said: “We’re very much looking forward to the game and getting going on the back of the recent disruption. It’s obviously not been ideal with training sessions and the Albion Rovers game called off, but we’ve been in the same boat as everyone else.
“While we look forward to the match, we are aware just how tough a game it’s likely to be. Alloa go into the game on the back of a 5-3 home win midweek and the reports we have had from that game indicate they were worthy winners and played very well, so we know we’ll need to be at the top of our game.
“They are a good team and are fourth placed on merit. They will be looking to consolidate that position, however the match takes on an equal importance for ourselves. I said after the Forfar game that each match now takes on a greater importance than the last one and that remains the case.
“The players know what is expected of them and understand the situation that we are currently in. They were disappointed to have dropped two points against Forfar and they are looking to start putting points on the board to get us out of our current position. This is the first of two huge fixtures in quick succession and it’s important that we look to take something from the game.
“We go to Cliftonhill on Tuesday night and know the importance of that but at this stage in the season it is important that we take one game at a time and don’t look too far ahead of ourselves.”
On the squad front the gaffer confirmed that the squad is bolstered by the return of midfielder Conor McVey who missed the Forfar match. Long term casualties Kevin Green and Ewan MacPherson remain side lined and they could be joined by Anton Brady who Gus confirmed is a doubt through injury.
The opposition: Jim Goodwin’s men go into the game sitting fourth in the table and on the back of an impressive home win over Arbroath on Tuesday night. The Wasps were three up inside 15 minutes, eventually going in 4-1 ahead at the break. Despite the visitors grabbing two second half goals, Iain Flannigan’s strike for the home side ensured they took all three points in the high scoring match.
Head to head: Played 1138; Queen’s Park 57; Draw 31; Alloa Athletic 50.
Last matches: 24/02/2018 Queen’s Park 2-2 Forfar Athletic; 06/03/2018 Alloa Athletic 5-3 Arbroath.
Previous meetings this season: 19/08/2017 Alloa Athletic 1-0 Queen’s Park; 28/10/2017 Queen’s Park 0-4 Alloa Athletic; 02/01/2018 Alloa Athletic 2-2 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LLLWLD; Alloa Athletic DWWDLW.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Adam Cummins (10); Alloa Athletic – Ross Stewart (7).
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizen (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed £3 and Children (U16) £3.
Match officials: Referee – John McKendrick. Assistants – Willie Conquer and Chris Rae.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Facebook: Get the team news pre-match as well as goal, half time and full-time score updates via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/QueensParkFootballClub.
Other League One fixtures: Arbroath v Forfar Athletic; Ayr United v Raith Rovers; East Fife v Airdrieonians; Stranraer v Albion Rovers.
Our next match: 13/03/2018 v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Kick off 7.45pm.