Queen’s head to the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie this evening looking to pick up where they left off from Saturday’s dogged and determined performance at Hamilton. Gary Caldwell’s Partick Thistle side are the opposition for tonight’s fixture and the Spiders will again need to be at their very best to take anything from this match.
Those in the Spiders support who witnessed the performance from Mark Roberts’ rebuilt side on Saturday will have a sense of confidence ahead of tonight’s match against our Championship opponents but it was evident that the gaffer would not be allowing the players to get carried away on the back of one result as he spoke to the media team on the eve of the game.
Roberts said: “We were all obviously very happy with Saturday, the result was merited from what we put into the game and the players have now set a high standard for themselves going forward. I believe the Thistle game will be every bit as difficult as what the Hamilton match was, if not harder, and we’ll need the same level of application from everyone in the squad in order to give us a chance of taking something from the game.
“Despite only being together for a matter of weeks, the squad has gelled quickly, and I believe there is a real level of trust and belief among the players, and there certainly is on my part, towards them.
“I’m expecting another very difficult match against Thistle, but we go into it in a very positive frame of mind and in the knowledge that if we approach the game with the same attitude and application as Saturday, we’ll give ourselves a chance.
“There may some changes to the starting XI in order to freshen things up given that this game comes on the back of a grueling 90 minutes on Saturday but it’ll be tough to do that because the boys who started on Saturday all put in a terrific effort and will be looking to go again. I’m confident and happy with the squad I have just now and I believe the guys who were on the bench on Saturday, are every bit as capable of coming into the team and doing their bit, as those who started.
“It is still my intention to add to the squad and I hope to strengthen in a couple of areas but only if I can get the right type of player. We need guys who can buy into, and that are capable of, playing football the way I want us to. I won’t be bringing anyone in that I don’t believe is able to do that so the hard work between now and the league campaign getting underway, will continue in the background.
Head to head: Played 142; Queen’s Park 48; Draw 28; Partick Thistle 66.
Goals scored – Queen’s Park 234; Partick Thistle 283.
Last meeting of the teams: 30/07/2016 Partick Thistle 2-0 Queen’s Park, League Cup, Group E.
Last matches: 13/07/2019 Hamilton Accies 0-0 Queen’s Park (Queen’s Park won the bonus point 6-5 on penalties); Partick Thistle 1-0 Airdrieonians.
Admission: Adults £12 & Concessions £6.
Match officials: Referee – David Dickinson. Assistants – Stuart Hodge and Craig Ferguson.
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Our next match: 24/07/2019 v Airdrieonians, Betfred Cup Group F. Kick off 7.45pm.
Other Betfred Cup Group H match(s): Clyde v Hamilton Academical.