Queen’s make the short trip Ochilview on Saturday in search of our first league win in eight, with the last coming courtesy of a 3-0 over Brechin at Glebe Park in August. Mark Roberts’ side will be desperate to put the bitter disappointment of last week’s defeat at Elgin firmly behind them, but they come up against a Stenny side looking to make amends for a 4-0 midweek defeat at the hands of Edinburgh City.
Ahead of the game the club media team spoke to the gaffer to get his thoughts and Roberts said: “It goes without saying that this is a huge match for us. After the manner of the defeat last Saturday we’ll be changing things up. The way which we went about our business at Elgin was not acceptable, particularly in the first half where we did not compete at all. It’s the first time this season I’ve felt the need to have a real go at the players and it’s not something we want to see a repeat of.
“We need to get back to doing what we’re good at and playing like we did at the start of the season. The last few weeks have shown me that certain things don’t work so things will be changed up a bit. It’s vital we start posing a bigger threat in front of goal and making teams work much harder against us.
“Training has continued at its usual high tempo this week and I would say that despite recent results, the attitude and work rate in training has never dipped. That said, I hope the players are hurting at the recent run of results, they should be, and they should also be angry that they’ve not been doing themselves justice.
“It’s absolutely vital we start putting wins on the board and looking upwards in the table. With that also needs to come a degree of consistency as well though. If we can do that, the picture changes. It’s important that the players start believing a bit more in themselves.
On the injury front Roberts confirmed that midfielder Tommy Block, who suffered concussion on Thursday night, will definitely miss out, acknowledging the void left by the on-loan Hibs man will be difficult to fill. He did however stress that it presents the opportunity for another member of the squad to stake their claim for a regular place in the starting XI. There was some good news in that of centre back Creag Little, who missed last week’s trip to Elgin with a foot injury, returns to the squad.
The opposition: Stenny go into the game sitting sixth in the table, one place and three points ahead of the Spiders. Their last outing was a midweek trip to face Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park where the home side ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.
Head to head: Played 147; Queen’s Park 62; Draw 37; Stenhousemuir 48. Scored – Queen’s Park 224; Stenhousemuir 202.
Last matches: 26/09/2019 Elgin City 3-1 Queen’s Park; 29/09/2019 Edinburgh City 4-0 Stenhousemuir.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – DLLLWL; Stenhousemuir WLWWLL.
Match officials: Referee – Chris Fordyce; Assistant Referees – Ross Haswell and Ross Clark.
Admission: Adults £14, Concessions £9 (Concessions cover OAP’s/Students) and U16s £5.
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Next Match: 09/11/2019 vs Brechin City at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.