The Spiders make the short trip to Coatbridge to take on old foes Albion Rovers – with even more spice than usual attached to the fixture.
It’s safe to say that with just six games remaining, one point separating the sides and the fight for a play-off place heating up, this re-arranged clash becomes one of the most important games of the season for both sides.
Queen’s head to Cliftonhill unbeaten in our last five, but with the somewhat unwanted tag of being draw specialists after the 0-0 draw against East Fife just over 72 hours ago.
Ahead of the Rovers game the club media team spoke to Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Looking back on the East Fife game Gus said: “It was another hard fought and well deserved point for us. The conditions, particularly in the first half made it tough for both sides and I felt the teams were evenly matched at the break.
“I thought we upped our game in the second half, dominating for long spells but we just couldn’t get the goal I felt our play merited. That said, to have gone away from home and taken a point against a side placed higher than us in the league was very pleasing.
“A major factor that has shone through in our recent run of draws, has been our ability to compete with the best this league has to offer. That’s something we have shown on many occasions throughout the season and it’s something we need to do in the final run in.”
Turning his thoughts to the Albion Rovers match the gaffer said: “We go to Cliftonhill knowing we will be in for a tough night. Albion Rovers are on a decent run, unbeaten in their last four matches and knowing that a win would move them above us in the table.
“That said, we go there in a confident frame of mind and with the belief that we are capable of getting a positive result. The sides are evenly matched, as can be seen from previous meetings this season and from the league table, and I would expect a keenly fought tight game.
“The players know they must compete from the start and we know if we do that, and take chances when they come our way, there’s every chance we can take something from the game.”
Gus confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game and that he will have the same squad at his disposal as he did on Saturday, meaning he will be without the services of defender Scott Gibson and striker Kalvin Orsi.
The opposition: Rovers go into the game sitting seventh in the league, one place and one point behind the Spider. Derek Young’s men are unbeaten in their last four matches having drawn two and won two. Their last match was a 1-1 draw against Alloa Athletic at the Indodrill Stadium on Saturday.
Head to head: Played 210; Queen’s Park 74; Draw 60; Albion Rovers 76.
Previous meetings this season: 01/10/2016 – Albion Rovers 2-0 Queen’s Park; 10/12/2016 – Queen’s Park 2-1 Albion Rovers.
Current form: Queen’s Park LDDDDD; Albion Rovers LLDWWD.
Match officials: Referee – Steven Reid. Assistants – Frank Conor and Calum Spence.
Admission prices: Adult £14; Concession £7; Under 12s £2.
Concession entry covers Senior Citizens, (65+), Unemployed (on production of the appropriate benefit card), students with student ID and Disabled (Carer Free).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Our next match: Saturday, April 8 v Peterhead at Hampden. Kick off 3pm.