The Spiders head next to the Indodrill Stadium to take on third placed Alloa Athletic in a confident frame of mind, with last Saturday’s 2-1 win against Albion Rovers having extended our unbeaten run to six games.
Five of those six were won , but despite that, we are likely to face one of our toughest tests yet as we take on a side with their eyes very much still on promotion.
Ahead of the game the club media spoke to Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Commenting on last weekend’s win over Albion Rovers he said: “I was delighted with the result. We went one behind early on and it presented a mental challenge to the players in how we were going to respond to that. There’s a real belief and determination amongst the squad just now and they know if they do things well they will cause problems to any opposition and that’s exactly what they did.
“I was delighted when we got the second goal as I felt our play had merited that. Results in recent weeks are particularly pleasing as it’s the rewards for a real collective team effort, it’s not about any individual player. Yes, we have some individuals who are particularly talented but there is a good balance throughout the team and a good competitive edge just now, long may that continue”.
The gaffer was particularly pleased to keep the winning run going and added: “It’s is very pleasing to be winning games. We started the season not too badly but were punished on a number of occasions for avoidable mistakes. I feel we have done well to cut out a lot of these mistakes and we have also posed a threat going forward, it’s pleasing to see our good play being rewarded with victories.”
Looking ahead to the Alloa game, Gus said: “Every game we play this season will be tough but we now go into a double header of away matches against two teams expected to be challenging for the league this season with the Alloa game being followed by Livingston and they won’t come much harder than that.
“Having said that we gave a very good account of ourselves when we faced Alloa at Hampden earlier in the season, only losing out narrowly. Saturday will be a different type of game though given that we are away from home but we will go there in a confident frame of mind. We do that in the knowledge that if we show the same attitude and work ethic as we have done recently we should be okay.”
On the squad front there will be at least one change to the starting Xi that faced Albion Rovers as centre back Ryan McGeever misses out through suspension.
The opposition: The Wasps currently sit third in League One, two places and three points ahead of Queen’s Park. Surprisingly their last league win was over a month ago when they beat Stenhousemuir 4-1 at home. Since then, on league duty, they have drawn against East Fife, Peterhead and Stranraer, as well as suffering defeat against Airdrieonians. In amongst those league fixtures they did record an impressive 1-0 away win against Peterhead in the Scottish Cup on 26th November.
Head to head: Played 134; Queen’s Park 57; Draw 28; Alloa Athletic 49.
Last meeting of the sides: 19/09/2016, Queen’s Park 1-2 Alloa Athletic
Recent form: Queen’s Park WDWWW; Alloa Athletic LDLWDD.
Match officials: Referee – Gavin Duncan. Assistants – Dougie Potter and David McKniff.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League 1 fixtures: Brechin City v Stranraer; East Fife v Peterhead; Livingston v Airdrieonians; Stenhousemuir v Albion Rovers
Our next match: Saturday 24th December, v Livingston (away). Kick off 2pm.