Ochilview is the destination for tonight’s Betfred Cup Group E tie as Gus’ men look to put points on the board following an opening day defeat to Queen of the South. Like Saturday, tonight will undoubtedly pose another tough test for the Spiders against a Warriors side with whom we have some recent history, with the sides having met in the play-offs little over a year ago. Add to that we will also come up against a Stenny side which contains ex QP favourite Vinnie Berry and it should make for an interesting game.
Ahead of the trip to Ochilview we spoke to gaffer Gus MacPherson to preview the tie and also to reflect back on Saturday’s game against Queen of the South.
Looking back on the 2-0 defeat at the weekend the gaffer admitted that his side had come up against a strong and well organised Queen of the South side. Gus said; “Saturday provided our squad, and in particular the new players who have come mainly from the junior ranks, a real competitive challenge”.
“I thought Queen of the South were very well organised and we struggled at times with their physicality, which for them, was very effective. Despite losing the game the test it provided to our squad will stand them in good stead for the season ahead, as will the remaining games in this cup where we face fellow League One sides and Partick Thistle of the Premiership”.
Looking ahead to tonight’s clash against Stenny the gaffer was in an optimistic mood as he said; “Stenhousemuir will provide another tough test for the squad but it’s another game that will be a learning curve for those in our squad who have recently joined. Having faced a Championship side on Saturday we now face a side who will be in our league for the forthcoming season and it will give the players an education in what we will be looking for in the season ahead”.
On the squad front it was mixed news coming from the Spiders came as the gaffer confirmed that he will be without the services of no less than four of his first team squad; Gregor Fortheringham (back), John Carter (ankle), Craig McLeish (thigh) and Jamie McKernon (foot) all miss out. Gus added; “There were questions about the size of squad going into this season but the injuries picked up so far show the requirement for it. We will be using everyone in the squad over the coming weeks to ensure they are match fit for the season ahead”.
Head to head: Played 139; Queen’s Park 60; Draw 34; Stenhousemuir 45.
Last meetings of the sides
16/05/2015; Stenhousemuir 1-1 Queen’s Park
13/05/2015; Queen’s Park 0-1 Stenhousemuir
The opposition: Tonight will be Stenny’s first competitive match of the season and they go into this on the back of two wins and two defeats from their four pre-season fixtures played at Ochilview. The Warriors recorded victories against Hearts u20’s and Cowdenbeath and suffered defeat Ayr United and St Mirren.
Match officials: Referee – Craig Napier. Assistants – Joseph Lawson and Iain Snedden.
Admission prices: Adults £13 and Concessions £8.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other Betfred Cup Group E fixtures: Queen of the South v Airdire.
Last match: Queen’s Park 0-2 Queen of the South;
Next match: Queen’s Park vs Airdrie, Tuesday 26th July, kick off 19:30.