It’s back to the home comforts of Hampden for the Spiders with high flying Alloa the opposition as Queen’s look to put last weekend’s disappointment at Balmoor behind them as our poor record against Peterhead continued.
Ahead of the Hampden clash the club media team caught up with gaffer Gus MacPherson to reflect on the Peterhead result and to preview the visit of Alloa.
Looking back on last weekend’s 2-0 defeat Gus said: “We were naturally disappointed to lose the game. I thought we did well and created some decent chances in the first half and despite failing to take these and missing the penalty, we were very much still in the game at half time.
“Losing the goal so early in the second half was exactly what we wanted to avoid and unfortunately we never got the reaction we would have wanted from the players as the second half went on. Having said that, there were positives to be taken from the game in that we have competed well away from home (particularly during the first half) against one of the league’s stronger sides.
“There’s a fine line in this league in terms of winning and losing games and we found ourselves on the wrong side of that margin on Saturday but we will learn from it.”
Looking ahead to the visit of Alloa Gus said: “We’re aware that games won’t come much tougher than this one but it’s our home game and our home form against sides like Livingston and Morton in recent weeks has been very good.
“We’re coming to the end of a tough four- game spell which we have done very in. We’ll be looking for a position reaction from the players after last week’s result. We know the squad is capable of better and we go into the Alloa game in an optimistic mood. Like myself, Jack Ross will also be looking for a reaction from his players after they suffered defeat last week as well so it has the makings of a good game of football.”
The gaffer confirmed that there are no fresh injuries concerns ahead of the tie and that he will have the same squad at his disposal which he had against Peterhead last Saturday.
The opposition: The Wasps sit second in the League One table on 12 points, having won four and lost the other of their opening five league games. Having won their opening four fixtures, last Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Livingston was somewhat unexpected and they will undoubtedly be coming to Hampden with full intentions of getting back to winning ways.
Head to head: Played 133; Queen’s Park 57; Draw 28; Alloa Athletic 48.
Last meeting of the sides: 24/03/2012 – Alloa Athletic 4-0 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park WWDWWL; Alloa Athletic WWWWWL.
Match officials: Referee – Barry Cook. Assistants – Gordon Crawford and Jonathan Bell.
Admission prices: Adults £12; Concessions (Senior Citizen/Unemployed/Young Spiders) £2; Parent & Child £13 (plus £1 for each additional child).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League 1 fixtures: Airdrieonians v East Fife; Livingston v Brechin City; Stenhousemuir v Peterhead; Stranraer v Albion Rovers.
Our next match: September 24, v Stranraer at Hampden, kick off 3pm.