Stranraer v Queen’s Park
The Spiders make the trip south to take on Stranraer at Stair Park in another crucial fixture. With just seven games of the campaign left, we find ourselves in the unwanted position of being bottom of the pile in League One, four points behind ninth place Albion Rovers, who have two games in hand on us, and five points behind eighth placed Forfar.
It goes without saying that it’s vital we start winnings games, and winning them as of Saturday, and that was the message from the gaffer when the club media team spoke to him on the eve of the Stranraer clash.
Starting with his thoughts on Tuesday night’s hard fought 1-1 draw at Cliftonhill Gus said: “It’s the same old story of ultimately being left feeling frustrated from not having won a match that I thought we did enough to deserve to win. I thought we started the game in a nervous manner and we went behind to what was poor goal from our perspective.
“All things considered though I thought the players’ reaction and performance, in particular during the second half, was outstanding. We got the goal, hit the woodwork twice, created plenty of chances and ultimately did everything we needed to win the game except get that second goal.
“Unfortunately for ourselves that is a position we have found ourselves in all too often this season and we haven’t been helped with other teams around us picking up unexpected victories but that’s just something we need to contend with.”
Turning his thoughts to the Stranraer game he said: “We know just how tough a match it’ll be at a difficult venue to take points from but we go there in a positive frame of mind knowing that we’re capable of taking something from the game.
“It not likely to be a pretty game and may well be similar to Tuesday night at Cliftonhill but it’s vital that we compete from the start if we are to have a chance. We’ll be up against a strong Stranraer side who will still have aspirations of reaching the play-offs but we need to focus on ourselves.”
“We know that going forward we posses a real threat through players like David Galt and Aidan Keena and we need to take the chances that come our way. At the back we looked solid for the most part on Tuesday night and we’ll be looking for more of the same from guys like Scott Gibson, Adam Cummins and Gerry McLauchlan.”
On the injury front there was more good news than bad for a change as Gus confirmed that Cammy Foy, Ewan MacPherson and Kevin Green are all nearing a return to being available for selection. Winger Jamie Gullan is available again, however striker Luke Donnelly will remain side-lined through tonsillitis.
The opposition: The Blues go into the game sitting sixth in the table and on the back of two defeats on the bounce. Their last outing was away to Airdrieonians on Tuesday evening where despite taking the lead, they went down 2-1 against the Diamonds. Kyle Turner had put them ahead from the penalty spot after just four minutes before Ryan Conroy levelled for Airdrieonians, also from a penalty. Daryl Duffy then won the game for the home side with just under 20 minutes remaining. The Blues do hold the upper hand in this fixture both this season, and in the overall head to head record.
Head to head: Played 135; Queen’s Park 48; Draw 34; Stranraer 53.
Last matches: 12/03/2018 Albion Rovers 1-1 Queen’s Park; Airdrieonians 2-1 Stranraer.
Previous meetings this season: 26/08/2017 Queen’s Park 2-2 Stranraer; 04/11/2017 Stranraer 3-0 Queen’s Park; 06/01/2018 Queen’s Park 2-2 Stranraer.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LWLDLD; Stranraer LLLWLL.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Adam Cummins (10); Stranraer – Ryan Wallace (10).
Admission prices: Adults £15; Concessions (65+) £10; Secondary School £5; Primary School Free.
Match officials: Referee – Mike Roncone. Assistants – Michael Banks, Calum Haswell.
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.
Other League One fixtures: Albion Rovers v Arbroath; Alloa Athletic v Airdrieonians; Forfar Athletic v Ayr United; Raith Rovers v East Fife (Sunday)
Our next match: 24/03/2018 v Ayr United at Somerset Park. Kick off 3.00pm.