Queen’s make the short trip along the M8 to take on Airdrieonians this Saturday at the Excelsior. Whilst we may only be seven league matches into the season, one look at the table indicates that this is already an important fixture for both sides who are currently separated by just three points near the foot of the table.
Both sides go into the game on the back of defeats but for those who saw Queen’s against Ayr United last weekend there was plenty of positives to be taken and that was the message coming from gaffer Gus MacPherson when the club media team caught up with him this week.
Reflecting on the 2-0 defeat against Ayr United Gus said: “Similar to the week before, the ultimate feeling was one of frustration. The question mark from the defeat the week before against Raith Rovers had been that we failed to create enough chances but the same question could not have been asked after the Ayr United game, however we didn’t take them and ultimately that cost us”.
“I’ve been asked if I was disappointed not to have taken something from the game, but everyone is disappointed we haven’t won the game, because if we had taken some of the chances we created, we could have won it. I’ve spoke before about the fine margins at this level and the importance of taking chances when they come our way. The sides we have been up against in recent weeks have the resources to spend money to recruit the firepower that they have at the top end of the pitch and they have taken chances when they’ve come their way”.
“Having said all that, I can’t take anything away from our players and how they’ve applied themselves. They worked extremely hard, played very well in spells of the game, created plenty of chances and showed real commitment. It’s hard to ask for anything more than that”.
Turning his thoughts to the Airdrieonians game the gaffer said: “We’ll be looking for more of the same from the squad as what we got against Ayr United. It’s undoubtedly going to be yet another very difficult game. If we can play to that standard and show that level of commitment we will win games. We have shown the standards that we are capable of reaching and if we’re able to perform at a consistent level to that we will win more games than we’ll lose going forward”.
“One look at the league table going into this game tells you the importance of it and it goes without saying that three points would be vital for us. Airdrieonians will be thinking the exact same though and it’ll be up to us to show what we’re capable of in what will be a tough match away from home. We know we’ll face an experienced side who, like ourselves, will be looking to end the run of a few defeats in a row and if we can maintain the level of performance we saw against Ayr United last week we will certainly give ourselves a chance”.
On the injury front the gaffer was pleased to confirm that as it stands, he has no fresh injury concerns to deal with but confirmed that David Green and Ewan MacPherson remain sidelined.
The opposition: The Diamonds go into the game sitting eighth in the table, one place and three points ahead of the Spiders. They will be looking to put an end to a recent run which has saw them lose their last three games on the bounce having suffered defeat at league leaders Raith Rovers last week as well as against East Fife and Stranraer the weeks previous.
Head to head: Played 149; Queen’s Park 36; Draw 55; Airdrieonians 58.
23/09/2017 – Queen’s Park 0-2 Ayr United
23/09/2017 – Raith Rovers 2-0 Airdrieonians
Last meeting of the teams: 06/05/2017 – Airdrieonians 3-2 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LLDWLL; Airdrieonians LWWLLL.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Anton Brady 3; Airdrieonians – Cameron Russell 2.
Admission prices: Adults £16; Concessions £10; Children (U16) £7; Parent & Child £20.
Match officials: Referee – Kevin Graham. Assistants – Gordon Crawford & Robert Thomson.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League One fixtures: Albion Rovers vs Raith Rovers; Arbroath vs Alloa Athletic;
Ayr United vs East Fife; Forfar Athletic vs Stranraer.
Our next match: 14/10/2017 vs Forfar Athletic at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.