Queen’s Park v Albion Rovers
It’s the home comforts of Hampden as the Spiders look to bounce back from a disappointing opening day defeat away to Arbroath. Our old foes Albion Rovers make the short journey from Coatbridge to provide the opposition for our first home league match, and they too will be looking to get their campaign on track after suffering a heavy 5-1 defeat at home to Ayr United last weekend.
Ahead of the Hampden clash the club media team caught up with gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Reflecting on the Arbroath match he said: “It was naturally a disappointing result. We knew going into the game that it would be one of the tougher fixtures we would face this season and so it proved. I felt that there wasn’t much between the sides in the first half, however the first half wasn’t much of a game either.
“We lost a poor goal not long before half time and then disappointingly did not make a good start to the second half. By the time we did begin to cause Arbroath problems and create the odd chance we were already 2-0 down.
“That said, the game will have been a learning experience for our new players, particularly those who have not played at this level before. It gives the entire squad a taste of what will be required of them this season if we are to take points from games, particularly away from home.”
Looking forward to the visit of Albion Rovers, Gus said: “I expect this to be a completely different type of match to last week’s, but fully expect Albion Rovers to be tough opponents.
“A lot of people will look at their defeat last weekend and have expectations based on that but that result can’t be taken in isolation. We’ve had reports from their last three matches, including Betfred Cup fixtures, and by all accounts they have been impressive.
“We know that we need to go out there and put in a better performance than we did last week. We have to make sure that we compete from the start and take the game to Albion Rovers. I’ll be looking for a reaction to last week’s result and the players will be also.”
On the injury front, the gaffer was delighted to confirm that on the eve of the match he expected to have a full squad to chose from.
Head to head: Played 212; Queen’s Park 75; Draw 61; Albion Rovers 76
Last meeting of the sides: 15/04/2017; Queen’s Park 2-0 Albion Rovers (League One)
Last matches: 05/08/2017; Arbroath 2-0 Queen’s Park; Albion Rovers 1-5 Ayr United
Recent form: Queen’s Park LDWWL; Albion Rovers LWWDL.
Match officials: Referee – Grant Irvine. Assistants – Paul O’Neill and Drew Kirkland.
Admission prices: Adult £14; Senior citizen (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (U16) £3.
Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v Arbroath; Ayr United v Forfar Athletic;
East Fife v Alloa Athletic; Raith Rovers v Stranraer.
Our next match: Wednesday, August 16, v Motherwell U20s at Forthbank Stadium. Kick off 7.45pm (Irn-Bru Cup).