Queen’s Park v Raith Rovers
The challenges continue to come thick and fast for the Spiders with Raith Rovers next up at Hampden. The Starks Park men come on the back of league leaders Ayr United’s visit a week ago and will undoubtedly, like Queen’s although for very different reasons, be desperate to put three important points on the board.
One look at the scoreline in last week’s 4-1 defeat to Ayr would give the impression that it was an easy win for the Somerset Park side but you’d be wrong, and unfortunately for Queen’s it was a similar story to one we have witnessed on so many occasions so far this season. Ultimately it came down to one side being clinical and the other not, with the Spiders being on the wrong side of that fine line once more.
In his post-match comments gaffer Gus MacPherson said: “Ultimately there is a frustration. Having dominated play for the majority of the first half I don’t even think Ayr United could believe they went in two up at the break. Unfortunately that was of our own making and the stats will show that Michael White hardly had a save to make.
“We stressed to the players at half time the importance of getting the next goal, and then went on to create two or three very good chances but failed to take them. We’re then punished by the quality Ayr United had and two terrific strikes from McGuffie who had come off the bench.
“That said, once again there were positives to be taken from the manner in which we played for spells and the fact that we were creating chances and looked threatening. The performance and energy particularly in the first half is something which we need to keep bringing to every game between now and the end of the season.”
Turning his thoughts to the Raith Rovers match Gus said: “The difficult games just keep on coming and first things first, we need to work hard to try to cut out the mistakes which have cost us in previous matches. Raith are in the position they are in deservedly and have shown in previous meetings this season just how good a side they are.
“We need to ensure we try to match the levels of performance that we have shown on many occasions so far this season, and just as importantly, work that bit harder to take any chances we create.
“We need to start showing a ruthlessness in front of goal, and at the back that maybe hasn’t always been there and if we manage that we will give ourselves a chance of putting more points on the board going forward.”
The opposition: Barry Smith’s men currently sit second in the table, a huge 12 points clear of third placed Stranraer and just one point behind leaders Ayr United with a game in hand over the Somerset Park side. They do however go into the game on the back of a disappointing run by their standards, having failed to win any of their last three matches, drawing twice and losing once. Their last outing was a 0-0 draw away to Alloa Athletic last Saturday.
Head to head: Played 105; Queen’s Park 33; Draw 25; Raith Rovers 47.
Previous meetings this season: 16/09/2017; Queen’s Park 0-5 Raith Rovers; 05/11//2017; Raith Rovers 2-0 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – WDDDLL; Raith Rovers – WWWDLD.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Adam Cummins (8); Raith Rovers – Lewis Vaughan (19).
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizen (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Under 16s £3.
Match officials: Referee – Graham Beaton. Assistants – Stephen Mitchell and Billy Baxter.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Facebook: Get the team news pre-match as well as goal, half time and full-time score updates via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/QueensParkFootballClub
QPTV: Post match manager and player interviews will be available online on Saturday night with match highlights to follow.
Other League One fixtures: Arbroath v Albion Rovers; Ayr United v Alloa Athletic; Forfar Athletic v Airdrieonians; Stranraer v East Fife.
Our next match: 10/02/2018 v East Fife at Bayview. Kick off 3pm.