It’s the home comforts of Hampden for the second weekend in a row as second placed Airdrieonians make the short journey to the National Stadium to provide the opposition for Saturday’s League One fixture. After the disappointment of last weekends defeat against Stranraer, everyone in the Spiders camp will be hoping for a positive reaction to that loss and a quick return to winning ways, easier said than done.
Ahead of the game the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Looking back on the Stranraer game, a disappointment MacPherson said: “It was a frustrating afternoon, we never really managed to get into the rhythm that we have been in for the last few months. It was difficult conditions for both teams and I felt that prevented the game from gaining any real fluency”.
“Ultimately, we lost the game to a real quality goal and although we are very disappointed, when we look at the bigger picture in terms of the number of points we have put on the board so far this season, we can be pleased. We’re now 19 games in and we have shown ourselves to be more that capable of competing at this level”.
“Our attention now turns to the visit of Airdrieonians on Saturday and what is guaranteed to be yet another tough game. We go into the game looking to put the disappointment of last Saturday behind us, as we try to reach the performance levels that we have saw over the past few months”.
“We know that we will be up against a strong Airdrie side who sit second in the league and we know that we will need to be at our best to take anything from the game. It’s vital that we do the basics right and when we create chances, we take them. It’s a game which we look forward to and one which we know we can take something from”.
On the injury front, similar to last week, the gaffer confirmed that he has a few doubts for the game as he said: “The squad is a little stretched at the moment with 2 or 3 missing, but the plus side of that is that gives opportunities to guys who have been waiting to show what they can do. Ideally with the transfer window open we would like to get one, or possibly two players in to held the group but we know that won’t be easy and I wouldn’t expect to much activity as it’s a difficult window to do business in”.
The opposition: The Diamonds currently sit second in League One, five points ahead of the Spiders and seven points behind league leaders Livingston. Their recent league form has been somewhat unpredictable and has saw them win three and lose the other three of their last six matches. They go into the game on the back of a 2-1 home defeat against Albion Rovers on Monday. They do however hold the upper hand over Queen’s in meetings between the sides this season.
Head to head: Played 121; Queen’s Park 35; Draw 55; Airdrieonians 57
Previous meetings this season
26/07/16 – Queen’s Park 3-3 Airdrieonians (Betfred Cup, Airdrieonians won 8-7 on penalties)
06/08/16 – Queen’s Park 1-3 Airdrieonians (League One)
22/10/16 – Airdrieonians 4-1 Queen’s Park (League One)
Match officials: Referee – Graham Beaton. Assistants – Andrew McWilliams & Andy Taylor.
Admission prices: Adults £12; Concessions (Senior Citizen/Unemployed/Young Spiders) £2; Parent & Child £13 (plus £1 for each additional child).
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League 1 fixtures: Albion Rovers v Brechin City; East Fife v Stenhousemuir; Peterhead v Livingston; Stranraer v Alloa Athletic.
Our next match: Saturday 14th January 2017 v Brechin City at Glebe Park, kick off 3.00pm.