Queen’s Park v Stranraer
The Spiders return to the home comforts of Hampden as the search continues to put the first points of the season on the board. Last weekend’s late disappointment which saw Alloa take all three points was a sore one for all in the Spiders camp, but there are definite reasons to be optimistic going into the weekend’s game.
Ahead of the Hampden clash the club media team spoke to Gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Looking back on the Alloa defeat Gus said: “It was a sore one to take and it was a match that I felt we definitely didn’t deserve to lose. Ultimately it was won by a real quality goal which came at a stage in the game that gave us little time to reply.
“That said, I thought that was the best we have played in the league so far this season. I was very happy with how the players applied themselves and how we played for periods of the game. We created a couple of clear cut chances and a couple of half chances and when you don’t take them, you can be punished at this level where the margins are fine.
“We now look forward to Stranraer at Hampden and will go into the match in an optimistic frame of mind. Last weekend showed the standards we can reach and I feel that those standards are now set for the season ahead.
“We know we will be up against an experienced Stranraer side who only narrowly lost against the league favourites, Ayr United, last weekend. They are a side who have a lot of options in attack and have seen the benefits of that with six goals in their last two matches.
“However, it is our home game and the onus is on us to go out there and take the game to Stranraer. We need to take the positives from last week and ensure we apply ourselves in the right manner from the start.”
Gus confirmed that he goes into the game with the same squad at his disposal as he had against Alloa last Saturday, with the only player absent though injury being Kevin Green. He misses out again following the nasty head knock he suffered against Motherwell in the Irn-Bru Cup less than a fortnight ago.
The opposition: The Blues go into the game on the back of a 4-3 home defeat against Ayr United last Saturday. Ryan Wallace had given them a 16th minute lead before goals from McDaid, Moore and Moffatt put the Honest Men 3-1 up with half an hour to play. Stranraer got themselves level courtesy of two Robert Thomson goals in two minutes but Patrick Boyle won the game for Ayr with five minutes to go.
Head to head: Played 132; Queen’s Park 48; Draw 32; Stranraer 52.
Last matches – 19/08/2017 – Alloa Athletic 1-0 Queen’s Park; Stranraer 3-4 Ayr United.
Recent form: Queen’s Park WWLLLL; Stranraer LLWLWL.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizen (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed £3 and Children (U16) £3.
Match officials: Referee – David Munro. Assistants – Jordan Stokoe and David Doig.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v Alloa Athletic; Ayr United v Arbroath; East Fife v Raith Rovers; Forfar Athletic v Albion Rovers.
Our next match: 09/09/2017 v East Fife at Bayview. Kick off 3pm.