IT’s fair to say it’s not been the season we wanted so far, and last week’s defeat against Alloa was a real sickener. But as the squad prepared to head down as much of the A77 as will be open en route to Stranraer, Gaffer Gus MacPherson was looking for a positive response from his players.
He told the club web team it was “vital” to get a good reaction from the players. He added: “The boys have been honest in training this week, admitting they made mistakes, and being willing to take responsibility for them.
“We all know this is going to be a tough season and we can’t afford to keep making errors. It seems that every mistake we make at the moment is being harshly punished, but there’s no getting away from the fact that after we conceded the second goal last week, that was as poor a performance as I can remember in a long time.”
Turning his thoughts to Stranraer, Gus called for a positive response from his players, but warned that Stranraer would also be looking to bounce back from defeat last time out.
He added: “It’s always a tough place to play, and we will need to work very hard to get anything from the game. I’ll be looking for the squad to get, back to basics and ensure we do the simple things right. We were hopeful we had turned a wee corner after picking up points recently, but last week was a kick in the teeth. However, we proved last season that we are capable of going down to Stranraer and winning if we apply ourselves right. That’s got to be the message for this one.”
On the squad front, the Gaffer said there would be a couple of absentees, which would mean some changes to the familiar line-up we’ve seen in recent weeks.
Here’s a word of warning before anybody sets off for Stair Park. The final stretch of the A77 from Cairnryan to Stranraer is scheduled to be closed over the entire weekend, with lengthy diversions planned which could add up to an hour onto the journey time. Check the Traffic Scotland website for more information.
The opposition: The Blues go into the match on the back of a 2-0 away defeat at the hands of high flyers Ayr United. It was far from a comfortable victory for the joint league leaders though, taking until the 66th minute before Moffatt fired them ahead. Stranraer’s fate was sealed with 10 minutes remaining when ex Spider Laurence Shankland double the Honest Men’s lead.
Head to head: Played 125; Queen’s Park 44; Draw 30; Stranraer 51.
Last meeting of the sides: 26/08/2017; Queen’s Park 2-2 Stranraer.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LLLDWL; Stranraer WLDLWL
Top scorers: Queen’s Park- Anton Brady (3). Stranraer – Scott Agnew (8).
Match officials: Referee – David Lowe. Assistants – Graeme Leslie and Paul Timmons.
Admission prices: Adults £15; Concession (65+) £10; Children (Secondary school)£5; (Primary school) Free.
Other League One fixtures: Albion Rovers v Forfar Athletic; Alloa Athletic v Airdrieonians; Arbroath v Ayr United; Raith Rovers v East Fife.
Our next match: 11/11/2017 v Arbroath at Hampden. Kick off 3pm.