The Spiders are in cup action for the second weekend in a row as we head to Forthbank to take on Stirling Albion in the Second Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. With confidence high amongst the squad following back to back victories against Clyde and St Mirren Colts the message from the manager to his players ahead of the game was to continue working hard.
Speaking to the club media team following Thursday night’s training session Mark Roberts said: “Saturday’s game will undoubtedly be another very difficult match for us but on the back of our last two performances it’s a match we go into in a confident frame of mind.
“We are enjoying a great run in the Irn-Bru Cup at the minute and we would like to progress in the Scottish Cup as well.
“Our last visit to Forthbank was a disappointing one. I felt they were much better than us that day and we never got going at all. We went into the game on the back of a brilliant victory the week before against TNS and put in a very disappointing performance. I do however feel we have improved hugely since then, and the performance levels both in defence and attack has been much better in our last two games. I believe you will see a different Queen’s Park side on Saturday to that which we saw last time out at Forthbank.
“It’s vital we guard against complacency and continue to do what we have been doing in terms working hard and earning victories. If we can apply ourselves in the right manner, being ruthless at the back and dangerous in attack, then I’m confident we will give ourselves a good chance of progressing to the next round.
On the squad front Roberts confirmed that he goes into the match with no fresh injury concerns to contend with but added that the squad will be bolstered by the addition of forward Dan Kindlan who is edging closer to full fitness having been sidelined since joining the club in the summer.
The Opposition: Little over a month has passed since the sides last met but, in that time, The Binos have parted company with manager Dave McKay, with Darren Barr, supported by Mark Stewart and Peter MacDonald, having taken over in temporary charge. The interim management team were in charge for The Binos last match a fortnight ago when they lost narrowly away to Cowdenbeath, with a solitary David Marsh goal proving enough got the Blue Brazil to take all three points.
60 second lowdown: QPTV have produced a short 60 second video with a variety of historical and current stats on Stirling Albion. You can watch it here http://bit.ly/2CSiVZr
Head to head: Played 104; Queen’s Park 33; Draw 26; Stirling Albion 45.
Last meeting of the sides: 15/09/2018 Stirling Albion 1-0 Queen’s Park.
Last matches: 13/10/2018 St Mirren Colts 2-4 Queen’s Park; 06/10/2018 Cowdenbeath 1-0 Stirling Albion.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DLLLWW; Stirling Albion LWWLLL.
Admission prices: Adults £13, Seniors (aged 65 and over) £9, Students (with valid ID) £9, U16s £5 and U12s FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult).
Match officials: Referee – David Munro. Assistants – Ross Haswell and Alan Macfadyen.
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Our next match: Saturday 27th October v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other Scottish Cup ties: Berwick Rangers v Gretna 2008; Brora Rangers v Coldstream; Cowdenbeath v Clyde; Deveronvale v University of Stirling; Gala Fairydean Rovers v East Stirlingshire; Peterhead v Kelty Hearts; Albion Rovers v Formartine United; Beith v Linlithgow Rose; Cover Rangers v Auchinleck Talbot; Cumbernault Colts v BSC Glasgow; East Kilbride v Spartans; Edinburgh City v Civil Service; Edusport Academy v Fraserburgh; Elgin City v Whitehill Welfare; Rothes v Annan Athletic;