Queen’s Park v Arbroath
Arbroath are the next visitors to Hampden when both teams will look to end runs of two consecutive defeats. While Queen’s went down heavily at Stair Park last Saturday, the Red Lichties lost by the same margin against league leaders Ayr United, giving this weekend’s game an important edge.
On the eve of the Hampden clash, gaffer Gus MacPherson gave his thoughts to the club media team.
Reflecting on the Stranraer game Gus said: “I stressed before the match the importance of starting the game well from the off and disappointingly we never managed that. The first goal was always going to be important and from our point of view to have conceded so early on in the match was frustrating.
“We were forced to change the system during the first half and I thought that we competed better after that but the kick in the teeth is losing the second goal on the stroke of half time.
“The players were aware of the importance of starting the second half in a positive manner and I felt we managed that, creating chances and in particular one clear cut one involving Luke Donnelly. Ultimately the third goal was always going to be vital and the way we conceded it epitomised our season to date.
“We knew going into the game just how tough it would be. Stranraer is never an easy venue to go to and come away with points and it’s not a venue that you can afford to be gifting goals in the manner in which we did.”
Turning his thoughts to the Arbroath game he said: “We know that Arbroath will come to Hampden and provide a tough test for ourselves. They have an experienced squad of players, some of whom have played at a higher level, and they possess some real quality in attack. That said, it’s our home game and it’s one that we will be looking to take three points from.
“The players know the importance of starting to pick up more victories at home and it’s vital that we start that sooner rather than later. Our only objective just now is to pick up enough points that will allow us to start closing the gap on the teams directly above us and we hope to start that with three points against Arbroath”
The gaffer confirmed that the injury worries that have blighted his stretched squad in recent weeks continue with Ciaran Summers joining Ewan MacPherson and Kevin Green on the side-lines. Gus confirmed that there are doubts over another couple of players who will face late fitness tests tomorrow.
The opposition: The Red Lichties currently occupy fifth place in the league table, nine points and five places above the Spiders. They go into the game on the back of two successive defeats, the first of which was a 3-1 away loss to East Fife and then last weekend they went down 4-1 at home against league leaders Ayr United.
Head to head: Played 146; Queen’s Park 55; Draw 40; Arbroath 51.
Last meeting of the sides: 05/08/2017: Arbroath 2-0 Queen’s Park
Recent form: Queen’s Park LLDWLL; Arbroath WDLWLL.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Anton Brady (3); Arbroath – Danny Denholm (8).
Match officials: Referee – Craig Charleston. Assistants – Graham Chambers and Berry Reid.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (u16) £3.
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Our next match: 18/11/2017: v Dunfermline at Hampden (Scottish Cup). Kick off 3pm.
Other League One matches: Airdrieonians v Stranraer; Albion Rovers v Alloa Athletic; Forfar Athletic v East Fife.