Stirling Albion are the visitors to Hampden for Saturday’s League Two clash as The Spiders look to extend our three game unbeaten run. That will be no feat against a Binos side who have matched Queen’s in almost every other match between the sides this season. If previous encounters are anything to go by we can expect a closely fought match at the national stadium on Saturday afternoon.
On the eve of the match the club media team caught up with Mark Roberts to get his thoughts.
Looking ahead to the match the gaffer said: “It’s a game we’re all very much looking forward to and one which we expect to present a real challenge. Previous matches against Stirling Albion this season have been close encounters with nothing separating the sides in the last two of those ties. We expect a similar test to what we have experienced but it’s a challenge that we are relishing.
“On the back of recent results, and performances in general over the last few months, confidence remains high within the squad going into the final run of games. I’ve spoken previously about our desire to move as far up the table as possible over the remaining matches, and Saturday’s game presents us with a big opportunity to close the gap on Stirling Albion, in fifth place, to just one point.
“Realistically we are not going to finish any higher that fifth but I don’t believe that would be the worst given the spell we experienced a number of months ago when we were decimated by injuries and suspension and went through a run of poor results. We came through that and have shown on a number of occasions since, that when things click into place, we are a really good side.
“In terms of Saturday’s game the message to the players is clear in that we need to be more ruthless in front of goal. I was delighted to get our first clean sheet in some time last Saturday against Cowdenbeath but it was frustrating not to have taken one, or more, of the numerous chances we created. There’s an onus on the entire squad, not just the strikers, to be more clinical. A quick look back at last week’s game shows you that chances fell to players throughout the squad and it’s vital we look to take those types of chances on Saturday should they come out way.
“It’s important that we look to use the remaining games to continue to build for next season and with that in mind the players know what is expected of them. We might not be playing for promotion or to avoid relegation but I expect the same performance levels and commitment from the players as I would have had we been in either of those scenarios. With pretty much a full squad to chose from just now , the players know that they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas.”
The opposition: The Binos currently sit fifth in the League Two table, two paces and four points ahead of the Spiders. They go into the game on the back of a narrow 1-0 home win over Berwick Rangers last Saturday where a 80th minute Dylan Mackin goal proved enough to separate the sides.
Head to head: Played 107; Queen’s Park 34; Draw 28; Stirling Albion 45.
Previous meetings this season: 15/09/2018 Stirling Albion 1-0 Queen’s Park; 20/10/2018 Stirling Albion 1-2 Queen’s Park (Scottish Cup); 08/12/2018 Queen’s Park 1-1 Stirling Albion; 19/01/2019 Stirling Albion 1-1 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DLLWWD; Stirling Albion LLWLLW.
Last matches: 23/03/2019 Cowdenbeath 0-0 Queen’s Park; Stirling Albion 1-0 Berwick Rangers.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Lewis Hawke (10 goals); Stirling Albion – Dylan Mackin and Peter MacDonald (9 goals).
Match officials: Referee – David Lowe. Assistants – Ross Haswell and Michael McCart.
Admission: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (U16) £3.
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Our next match: Saturday 6th April v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two matches: Albion Rovers v Clyde; Berwick Rangers v Edinburgh City; Elgin City v Annan Athletic; Peterhead v Cowdenbeath.