There will be a buzz about things at Hampden this weekend, not only do league leaders Livingston come calling but the Spiders will also wear our new sesquicentennial celebration strip for the first time as well. As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, we have returned to our roots and will don the ‘new’ kit of navy top, grey shorts and navy socks this season.
Ahead of the Hampden clash the club media spoke to gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Reflecting on the goalless draw at Glebe Park a clearly satisfied Gus said: “First and foremost I was delighted with the clean sheet. I thought we were the better team in the second half and could have grabbed a goal ourselves as we created some good chances during that period”.
“Having said that we also had Andrew Murphy to thank for ensuring we took a point and kept the clean sheet. He was called into action on a few occasions and didn’t let us down, producing some very good saves”.
“Overall we were delighted to go away from home and take a point against a side who have been performing well. It says a lot about the belief amongst our squad that the players were disappointed in the dressing room after the game not to have taken all three points”.
Look forward to the visit of league leaders Livingston to Hampden on Saturday the gaffer acknowledged that his side would be facing a difficult game and said: “We are very aware that this will be an extremely tough game, Livingston have started the season very well by taking maximum points from their opening three games. Add to that they have been free scoring and it makes for a hard game”.
“That said, it’s our home game and we can go into the game in a confident manner given our start to the season. We can take heart from last week’s clean sheet and relish the challenge. We will be up against a full time side in Livi but we have experience of that having already faced the league’s other full time team, Airdrie and well as having played against full time sides in cup competitions as well. Those games and the experience from them can only help”.
ON the squad front the gaffer confirmed that there are no fresh injury concerns and that he goes into the game with the same squad he had available at Brechin last week. Long term absentees Tony Quinn and Jamie McKernon remain side-lined and despite making a return to training, the game has come to soon for Gavin Mitchell to be considered for the squad.
The opposition: Along with Alloa, the Almondvale side are the only other team to have taken maximum points from their opening three league matches and they have done it in style. Three wins and thirteen goals scored in the course of those victories. The opened their league campaign with a 5-1 home win over Stranraer before a 4-2 away win at Airdrie. The followed these wins up with a 4-1 home win over Stenhousemuir last weekend.
Head to head: Played 11; Queen’s Park 1; Draw 1; Livingston 9.
Last meeting of the sides: 24/07/2010 – Queen’s Park 3-2 Livingston
QP Team – P. Hamilton, R. Little, P. Burns, P.Gallacher, J. Brough, M. McBride, D. Anderson, M.Daly, G. Eaglesham (105 T. Quinn), M. O’Hara (85 P. Harkins) and C. Smith (76 D. Murray).
Current form: Queen’s Park: LWLWDD; Livingston.
Match officials: Referee – Kevin Graham. Assistants – Dougie Potter & Scott Leslie.
Admission prices: Adults £12, Concessions (Seniors/Unemployed/Children) £2, Parent & Child £13 (£1 for each additional child).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Other League 1 fixtures: Albion Rovers v Alloa Athletic; East Fife v Brechin City; Stenhousemuir v Airdrieonians, Stranraer v Peterhead.
Next match: v Morton at Hampden on Saturday 3rd September, Irn Bru Cup Third Round.