As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s a phrase that could certainly be used to describe just how quickly the season has gone in so far.
Back in August, Gus MacPherson’s newly-promoted Spiders were given little hope of avoiding relegation by many – and while nobody is taking anything for granted, one look at the league table indicates how well we’ve done so far.
With just five games remaining, we are closer to a place in the promotion play-offs than we are to the play-offs at the other end of the table – something which surely every Spider would have taken at the start of the season.
The final run-in begins with Jim McInally’s Peterhead side providing the opposition at Hampden in what is a massive game for both sides. The Blue Toon have been somewhat of a bogey side for Queen’s, and have won two of the three fixtures this season. But with Queen’s unbeaten in six, it’s all to play for.
Ahead of the game, the club media team caught up with Gus to gather his thoughts.
Reflecting on Tuesday night’s last-gasp draw against Albion Rovers, the gaffer said: “It was another very important point for ourselves. We might have drawn the last six matches, but those points are precious and do add up come the end of the season.
“I was delighted with the manner in which we got the draw on Tuesday night. I thought the players again demonstrated a real fighting spirit right up until the final whistle, and that was particularly pleasing.
“That spirit we’ve been showing in recent games is something which we will need to continue to call upon in the coming weeks, starting against Peterhead.”
Looking ahead to the game, Gus commented: “It is without doubt, a huge game for both sides. Peterhead will be looking to get themselves out of their current league position, while we’re very much looking to turn the recent draws into a win with a view to moving up the table.
“The players are more than aware of what is required of them in the closing stages of the season as the next game becomes the most important one. I believe that the pressure is something which the squad is thriving on just now and that has been evident in some of our recent draws, which have come courtesy of very late goals.
“We know Peterhead will provide tough opposition, but it’s a game we go into in a confident frame of mind. We need to ensure we compete from the start and take any chances that we create. That will give us a real chance of taking something from the game.”
Gus confirmed that he will be forced into a number of changes. Midfielder Jamie McKernon is suspended and right back Ross Millen will definitely be missing through injury, having limped off against Rovers on Tuesday night. Apart from those two absentees, a number of other players may face late fitness tests ahead of the Hampden clash.
But rather than dwell on players possibly missing out, Gus was quick to point out that the players who come in will be desperate to make a positive impression.
The opposition: Peterhead go into the game sitting ninth in the table, three places and six points behind the Spiders. Their last game ended in a 1-1 draw at home against Airdrieonians. That draw continued a run of nine games without a win for the Blue Toon with their last win having come when they played Queen’s Park at Balmoor on 28th January.
Head to head: Played 45; Queen’s Park 9; Draw 11; Peterhead 25.
Previous meetings this season: 10/09/2016 – Peterhead 2-0 Queen’s Park;
12/11/2016 – Queen’s Park 0-0 Peterhead; 28/01/2017 – Peterhead 4-0 Queen’s Park.
Recent league form: Queen’s Park DDDDDD; Peterhead DLLDDD.
Match officials: Referee – Barry Cook. Assistants – Joseph Lawson and Mark McHendry.
Admission prices: Adult £12; Concession (Senior Citizen/Children/Unemployed) £2; Parent & Child £13 (Plus £1 for each additional accompanied child).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v Brechin City; Albion Rovers v Stranraer; Livingston v Alloa Athletic; Stenhousemuir v East Fife.
Our next fixture: v Albion Rovers on Saturday, April 15 at Hampden. Kick off 3pm.