Queen’s Park v Arbroath
Promotion-chasing Arbroath are the visitors to Hampden for the final match of the regular league season … although those who bleed black and white will be hoping there is more to come.
For the first time this campaign we officially go into a game knowing that it is a match we must win. Despite almost every encounter in recent weeks having been billed the same, it now really is crunch time with Queen’s having to rely on Ayr United beating Albion Rovers while knowing that only three points will do against Dick Campbell’s men at Hampden.
Should results go our way, we’ll finish in ninth and enter into the League Two play-offs giving us a final chance to secure League One status for next season. Should things not go to plan, we all know the script … but let’s not go there unless we absolutely have to.
Ahead of the big match the club media team spoke to Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Looking ahead to the game Gus said: “It goes without saying that for the first time this season it really is a must-win match. The players and coaches know it really is that simple and nothing else will do. We need three points if we are to have a chance of staying in this league and that is the challenge to the squad.
“The onus is on us to go out and do what we need to do to win the match but to have any chance of doing that we’ll need to be close to our best. I’ve said it on so many occasions already this season but we need to match the high standards we’ve shown ourselves to be capable of and we also need to take any chances that come our way.
“It’ll be a very tough game though and we’ll be up against a physically strong and technically good Arbroath side who have had a very good season. They may already have secured their play-off spot but I don’t expect them to treat this game lightly. They’ll be looking for the win to secure third place.”
On the injury front the gaffer was delighted to confirm that he had virtually a full squad at his disposal for the first time in many a moon. Central-defensive trio Daniel Nimmo, Gerry McLauchlan and Cammy Foy all came through a midweek development match unscathed and are added to the squad to give the manager some decisions to make at the back.
The opposition: Dick Campbell’s men have had a fine season and go into the final match sitting third in League One with just goal difference separating them and fourth placed Alloa Athletic. Despite having confirmed their place in the promotion play-offs, they will be looking to consolidate their current position. Their form ahead of the game is impressive having recorded back to back victories against East Fife and Airdrieonians, scoring seven without reply.
Head to head: Played 148; Queen’s Park 55; Draw 40; Arbroath 53.
Last matches: 21/04/2018 – Forfar Athletic 1-1 Queen’s Park; Arbroath 2-0 Airdrieonians.
Previous meetings this season: 05/08/2017 Arbroath 2-0 Queen’s Park; 11/11/2017 Queen’s Park 0-2 Arbroath; 13/01/2018 Arbroath 2-1 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – WLDLLD; Arbroath LWLDWW.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Adam Cummins (10); Arbroath – Danny Denholm (12).
Admission prices: Adult £14; Senior Citizen (65+) £5; Concession (Student/Unemployed/Under 16s) £3.
Match officials: Referee – Steven Reid. Assistants – Jordan Stokoe and Craig Ferguson.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Facebook: Get the team lines pre-match as well as goal, half time and full time score updates https://en-gb.facebook.com/QueensParkFootballClub/
QPTV Pre Match: The team from QPTV will be at the turnstiles between 2 and 2.30pm and will be looking for Queen’s Park and Arbroath supporters to give their predictions for the match in front of the camera. The videos should be played on the big screens sometime after 2.45pm.
QPTV Post Match: Interviews with Gus MacPherson and award winners from tomorrow’s Player of the Year awards will be available via our YouTube channel later on Saturday evening.
Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v Forfar Athletic; Ayr United v Albion Rovers; East Fife v Stranraer; Raith Rovers v Alloa Athletic.