The Spiders make the short journey to Coatbridge to take on old foes Albion Rovers at the ground which this season been rechristened as the Exsel Group Stadium
Queen’s will be looking to end a run of three successive defeats, and on the eve of the trip, Gaffer Gus MacPherson called for a big improvement on last week’s home loss.
Looking back on that Stranraer match, Gus said: “We were extremely disappointed with the result. Despite going in a goal down at half time I thought we started the second half well. The turning point was going down to 10 men and the margins at this level are very fine. We missed a chance to equalise and then within a minute or so we found ourselves down to 10 men and from that point it was a real struggle.
“It’s another learning experience for the players. We have analysed the game with them, identified where we have gone wrong and it’s now a case of working to eradicate those errors and putting things right. The players were bitterly disappointed at the result but it’s something we need to put behind us.”
Looking ahead to this weekend’s game, at the ground formerly known as Cliftonhill, Gus said: “We’ll be up against an Albion Rovers side boosted in confidence by their win last weekend. It will undoubtedly be a very tough game at a ground where it is never easy to win games.
“Having said that, we go there in a confident frame of mind with the players looking to put the disappointment of results in recent weeks behind them. It’s vital that we concentrate and ensure we do the basics right first and foremost. We have already shown that we are more than capable of competing at this level but that has to start with doing the basics and if we do that then we will give ourselves a chance of taking something from the game.”
The gaffer confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match but he will be without the services of Bryan Wharton who serves the second of his two match suspension. He is joined by Darren Miller who also misses out through suspension following last weekend’s red card.
The opposition: Rovers currently sit two places and one point ahead of the Spiders in the league. They go into this game on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory over Airdrieonians at the Excelsior last weekend. First half goals from Paul Willis and former Hampden favouriteMark Ferry were enough to secure all three points on their travels.
Head to head: Played 208; Queen’s Park 72; Draw 60; Albion Rovers 76.
Last meeting of the sides: 21/03/2015; Queen’s Park 0-1 Albion Rovers.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DWWLLL; Albion Rovers DLLWLW.
Match officials: Referee – Alan Newlands. Assistants – Dougie Potter and Daniel Graves.
Admission prices: Adult £14; Concession £7; Children (under 12) £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
Other League One fixtures: Alloa Athletic v Airdrieonians; East Fife v Stenhousemuir; Peterhead v Livingston; Stranraer v Brechin City.
Our next match: 08/10/16, v Dunfermline at East End Park, Irn Bru Cup, kick off 3pm.