Table-toppers Livingston are the next visitors to Hampden as the Spiders look to get back to winning ways following successive defeats at the hands of Alloa and Brechin. With the battle for a promotion play-off spot intensifying and just 11 games remaining every fixture between now and the end of the season takes on a huge significance. Only two points separate third placed Airdrieonians and Queen’s who sit in sixth place and Gus’ men are looking to narrow that gap.
Ahead of the visit of Livi the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Looking back on the Brechin defeat Gus said: “It was obviously a very disappointing result. Despite us opening the scoring early on, I felt that we didn’t start the game well and that gave Brechin encouragement. We found ourselves 2-1 down at half time and despite us not being anywhere near our best, we were very much still in the game.
“I thought we played a good bit better in the second half, controlling the majority of the play and at 2-1 down we created a couple of half decent chances. Ultimately we never took them and the game was killed off with their third goal late on.
“Despite the defeat, there are positives that we can take from the game in that we have gone away from home and controlled the majority of the second half against a strong Brechin side.”
Turning his thoughts to Livi, he said: “It goes without saying that it will be a very, very difficult game. Livingston are top of the league on merit. They are strongest and best team in the league and they have plenty of options all over the park.
“We know we have nothing to fear as we have gone into both games against them earlier in the season as underdogs and come away with three points. But we are under no illusions as to how difficult it will be to have any chance of repeating that at Hampden.
“It’s our home game though and the onus will be on us to ensure we compete. It’s important that we start the game in the right manner and do the basics right.”
Gus confirmed that he goes into the game with the same squad at his disposal as he had on Tuesday night with defender Scott Gibson the only absentee through injury.
The opposition: The Lions are currently six points clear of second placed Alloa Athletic with two games in hand. They go into the game on the back of an impressive 4-0 away win against Airdrieonians in their last match a fortnight ago.
Head to head: Played 13; Queen’s Park 3; Draw 1; Livingston 9.
Previous meetings this season: 27/08/2016 – Queen’s Park 1-0 Livingston; 24/12/2016 – Livingston 1-2 Queen’s Park.
Current form: Queen’s Park – WLDWLL; Livingston – LWWDDW.
Match officials: Referee – Alan Newlands. Assistants – Gary Hilland and Daniel Graves.
Admission prices: Adults £12; Concessions £2 (Senior Citizen/Unemployed/Children); Parent & Child £13 (Plus £1 for each addition child).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Other League 1 fixtures: Airdrieonians v Stranraer; Brechin City v Alloa Athletic; East Fife v Albion Rovers; Stenhousemuir v Peterhead.
Next match: Saturday, March 11, v Stranraer at Stair Park. Kick off 3pm.