Firhill is the destination for the Spiders tonight for our Irn Bru Cup second round fixture. It will be our second short trip across the city in cup action in just over a fortnight and it will be the second time we have faced a Premiership side’s U20 team in this newly formatted cup competition.
Ahead of the Firhill clash the club media team caught up with Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts on the game as well as to look back on Saturday’s victory over Stenhousemuir which sets the squad up well for tonight’s game.
Reflecting on the 2-1 win at Ochilview, a clearly happy Gus MacPherson said; “I thought overall we deserved the win and I was delighted to put the first three points on the board.
“I felt we struggled in the first half with the stuffy conditions and Stenny were successful in stopping us from playing how we wanted to. However I thought the second half was much improved and our changes had the desired effect. We couldn’t have got the second goal at a better time; it gave them no time to get back into the game and that was particularly pleasing.”
Looking ahead to tonight’s trip to Firhill Gus was in an optimistic mood as he said: “Tonight will be another tough test for the players against a good Thistle U20 side. Their result in the last round against Clyde showed the quality they possess and similar to when we faced Kilmarnock in the last round, their squad is likely to include a number of young players who have played at first team level.
“Having said that, it’s a game we go into with intentions of winning and progressing to the next round of the cup. We need to take the game to Thistle and to do that we need to play on the front foot. If we manage that then there is no reason why we shouldn’t win the game. There is a real winning desire within this squad and it’s something I want to build on as the season progresses.”
On the personnel front the gaffer confirmed that he had no fresh injury concerns and that the squad was bolstered by the return of striker Aidan Malone who missed out at the weekend. The gaffer also hinted that he was likely to shuffle the pack and give others in the squad the opportunity of some game time tonight.
The opposition: Thistle sailed through the first round of the Irn Bru Cup courtesy of a 5-0 win over Clyde at Broadwood a fortnight ago. After a goalless first half Kevin Nisbett opened the scoring before James Penrice double their lead. Nisbett then went to score another two and seal his hat-trick before Neil McLaughlin rounded off the scoring for the visitors.
Recent form: Queen’s Park WLLWLW; Partick Thistle U20 W.
Admission prices: Adults, Concessions and U16 £5.
Match officials: Referee – David Munro. Assistants – Paul O’Neill and Derek Crothers.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Next match: v Brechin City at Glebe Park on Saturday, August 20.