Queen’s Park v East Fife
Darren Young’s East Fife side are the opposition at Hampden as the Spiders continue to try to find a way to move off the bottom of the table. With just four matches remaining, time is running out fast but it remains a very achievable task, if we can start to find a way to goal, something which gaffer Gus MacPherson stressed the importance of when he spoke to the club media team this week.
Starting with a brief look back on last Saturday’s disappointing 0-0 draw with Airdrie Gus said: “Frustration was the overriding feeling at the final whistle. I thought we did more than enough to win the game, creating a lot of decent chances, particularly in the first half, before we then missed the penalty.
“The tempo and intensity which we played with during the first half was very pleasing, but we never quite reached that level in the second half and failed to create as much as we’d have like to in front of goal.
“Despite the feeling of frustration at not having taken more from the game, one particularly pleasing aspect on my part was that we defended well and didn’t get caught out at the back when we were attacking.”
Turning his thoughts to the visit of East Fife he said: “It’s key that we look to match the performance levels that we saw during the first half last week and equally important that we do all we can to take chances when they come our way.
“We posses some real quality in attacking areas through players such as Aidan Keena and David Galt and we will again look to them to do their bit in front goal.
“We know the importance of the match and the players know what is required of them. East Fife will be as always be tough opposition and will come to Hampden looking to end their recent run of defeats, but the onus is on us to go out to compete and do enough to win the game.”
On the squad front the gaffer confirmed that he will be without the services of defender Adam Cummins who misses out through suspension, also confirming that he has one or two other selection headaches and hinting that the younger members of the squad will be called into action at some point during the game.
The opposition: Darren Young’s men go into the game sitting sixth in the table, comfortably clear of the danger spots at the bottom end of the table but too far behind to be in a position to claim a play off spot at the other end of the table. They go into the game on the back of three defeats on the bounce with their last defeat having been a narrow 3-2 loss to league leaders Ayr United last Saturday.
Head to head: Played 121; Queen’s Park 50; Draw 26; East Fife 45.
Last matches: 31/03/2018 – Queen’s Park 0-0 Airdrieonians; East Fife 2-3 Ayr United.
Previous meetings this season: 09/09/2017 – East Fife 0-1 Queen’s Park; 02/12/2017 – Queen’s Park 2-1 East Fife; 10/02/2018 – East Fife 0-2 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – DLDWLD; East Fife – WWWLLL.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Adam Cummins (10); East Fife – Chris Duggan (15).
Admission prices: Adults – £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (U16) £3.
Match officials: Referee – Craig Charleston. Assistants – Paul O’Neill and Eddie Ferguson.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Facebook: Get the team news pre-match as well as goal, half time and full-time score updates via our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/QueensParkFootballClub
QPTV: You can catch the manager and a player’s post-match reaction on QPTV. The interviews should be available around an hour after the final whistle.
Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v Ayr United; Albion Rovers v Forfar Athletic; Alloa Athletic v Stranraer; Arbroath v Raith Rovers.
Our next match: 14/04/2018 v Raith Rovers at Starks Park. Kick off 3.00pm.