It’s the romance of the Scottish Cup this weekend with Mark Roberts men making their way down the M74 to take on Championship side Queen of the South in the third round tie. It will be the Spiders first trip to Palmerston in over 18 years and although the bookmakers odds are heavily stacked in favour of the home side, we know that anything is possible when it comes to the Scottish Cup.
Ahead of the tie Mark Roberts spoke to the club media team to give his thoughts.
Roberts said: “We know it’s a game that we’re going into as massive underdogs but we go there in a confident frame of mind looking to execute our game plan and get a positive result.
“We’ll be up against it though, they are a very good side and that’s been evidenced by some of their results at home this season against sides such as Dundee United and Ayr United. Although the pressure is all on them and nothing on ourselves, it is not a free hit for the players and that’s been emphasised to them.
“We need to look to execute our game plan and hope that has the desire impact if we are to get a positive result and give ourselves the chance of being in the draw for the next round. That, we know, is a massive ask.
“It’s a break from league business and because it is the Scottish Cup, there has been an added excitement in the build up to the game. We’re looking forward to it and hope we can do the business. Anyone who knows me will know that my mind-set is to win every game and Saturday is no different.”
On the squad from Roberts confirmed that he will be without the services of midfielder Calvin McGrory who missies out with a thigh injury, meanwhile Ryan Finnie misses out through suspension. Roberts confirmed that keeper Willie Muir returns to the squad having been unavailable for the past two weeks.
The opposition: The Doonhamers currently sit seventh in the Championship and go into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat away to Dundee United last weekend. In last year’s Scottish Cup they defeated Formartaine United 4-1 at home at the same stage of the competition. They went on to knock Dundee out in the fourth round stage courtesy of a 3-0 win in a replay before going out in the fifth round at the hands of Aberdeen.
Head to head: Played 108; Queen’s Park 32; Draw 17; Queen of the South 59.
Scored – Queen’s Park 172; Queen of the South 217.
Last meeting of the teams: 17/06/2016 Queen’s Park 0-2 Queen of the South.
Last matches: 16/11/2019 Cowdenbeath 1-0 Queen’s Park; Dundee United 3-0 Queen of the South.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Salim Kouider-Aissa 8 ; Queen of the South – Stephen Dobbie 6.
Recent form: Queen’s Park –LWLWWL; Queen of the South WDLLWL.
Match officials: Referee – David Dickinson ; Assistant Referees – Graham McNeillie and Andy Taylor.
Admission: Adults £15/Concessions £8/Under 16s £3.
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Next Match: Saturday 30th November v Edinburgh City at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.