Table toppers Raith Rovers provide the opposition for the Spiders at Hampden on Saturday and as fixtures go, they won’t come much tougher this season. Rovers come to Hampden in great form having won four of their opening five league matches, which has given the title favourites an early four-point lead at the top. That said, buoyed by our first league win of the season against East Fife last Saturday, Queen’s go into the game in a positive frame of mind also.
Ahead of the match the club media team caught up with gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Starting off with his thoughts on the East Fife victory Gus said: “I was delighted to get the first win under our belts. It was crucial victory and hard fought three points. I felt we have played better and lost, the example of that being the defeat at Alloa three weeks ago”.
“I thought the players worked very hard for each other and were up against a very good East Fife side who created plenty of chances of their own. We played well in spells, as did East Fife who I thought started the second half the better of the teams but credit to our players, we never gave up and took the chance when it came our way”.
Turning his thoughts to the visit of Raith Rovers Gus said: “As fixtures go, we know they won’t come much tougher than this. Raith Rovers have had a great start to the season and are living up to their tag of title favourites, that in itself isn’t a great surprise though given their full time status”.
“Their squad is packed with quality players, some of whom have experience of playing at the highest level in the Scottish game. They also possess a wealth of options in attack”.
“Having said that, we go into the game in a positive frame of mind and on the back of three strong performances of our own. I feel we have been getting better week by week as the players get to know each other more. Last Saturday’s win stands us in good stead ahead of this game”.
“We know what is expected of us on Saturday and the players know they will need to be at their best if we are to have any hope of taking something from the game. That will be the case in every game this season and not just Saturday but we know that when we manage that, we will always give ourselves a chance”.
On the injury front the gaffer confirmed that he goes into the game with the same squad at his disposal to that which he had against East Fife last weekend. Both Ewan MacPherson and Luke Whelan remain side-lined through injury.
The opposition: The Rovers go into the game sitting top of the table with 13 points from their opening five matches. They have won all of their last six games in all competitions scoring a 20 and conceding just two. Their last match was an impressive 2-1 home win against fellow promotion hopefuls Ayr United.
Head to head: Played 103; Queen’s Park 33; Draw 25; Raith Rovers 45.
09/09/2017; East Fife 0-1 Queen’s Park
09/09/2017; Raith Rovers 2-1 Ayr United
Last meeting of the teams: 03/08/2013; Raith Rovers 6-0 Queen’s Park (Betfred Cup).
Recent form: Queen’s Park LLLDW; Raith Rovers WWWWW.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Anton Brady 3; Raith Rovers – Lewis Vaughan 14.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizen (65+) £5.00; Student/Unemployed £3.00 and Children (U16) £3.00.
Match officials: Referee – John McKendrick. Assistants – Stuart Hodge and David Burns.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians vs East Fife; Albion Rovers vs Stranraer;
Ayr United vs Alloa Athletic; Forfar Athletic vs Arbroath.
Our next match: 23/09/2017; vs Ayr United at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.