The Spiders make the short journey along the M8 to take on league leaders Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park on Saturday. Mark Roberts will undoubtedly be looking for his side to show a positive reaction to Tuesday night’s disappointing defeat at Cowdenbeath where we slumped to a 2-0 defeat without really threatening but the gaffer was all too aware of the challenge that awaits his squad when he spoke to the club media team on the eve of the match.

Roberts said: “Saturday’s game will be one of the toughest we’ll have this season. We’ll be up against an Edinburgh City side that are flying just now and possess real quality in every area of the park. I said after the last game against Edinburgh City that anyone who finishes above them will win the league and I still believe that to be the case.

“They are the best team in the league and are top on merit. It’ll be a very tough ask for us to take something from the game, but we know it’s something we are capable of. We will need to be at our best to give ourselves a chance but that’s not beyond us.

“The two recent cup games were tough and evidently upset the momentum we had building going into them. Those results, followed by Tuesday night’s game, which was a kick in the teeth for us have been disappointing, but the important part now is to put that behind us and look to start building that momentum again through positive results.

“It’s important we get a reaction to the defeat on Tuesday night when we weren’t really in the game at all. I want us not only to be winning games, but winning games the way I want to see us playing. The last few games have shown us that we’re not good enough to be performing below par and still get results. If we want to put points on the board and climb the table, we need to be performing close to our best, working hard and earning the results.

“Saturday’s match will be tough, but we have it within us to go there and get a positive result if we do things right.

Commenting on the squad situation Roberts added: “We pretty much have a full squad to choose from and no fresh injury concerns to content with. Dom McLaren returns from suspension which is a boost. My biggest challenge now as we continue to get players back from injury is the size of the squad and in turn keeping players happy. We have a large squad and it’s difficult to let players down when they’re not included in the squad but that’s part and parcel of management.”

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The opposition: James McDonaugh’s men currently sit top of the table, two points clear of second placed Peterhead, having amassed 30 points from a possible 36 in their 12 matches so far. The City are in formidable form and have won 14 of their last 16 matches, drawing one against Championship side Inverness CT and losing the other Clyde. Blair Henderson is the one to watch with the striker having 18 goals to his name already this season.

Head to head: Played 3; Queen’s Park 1; Draw 1; Edinburgh City 1

Last meeting of the sides: 22/09/2018 Queen’s Park 0-2 Edinburgh City

Recent form: Queen’s Park WDWLLL; Edinburgh City WWLWWD

Last matches: 27/11/2018 Cowdenbeath 2-0 Queen’s Park; 25/11/2018 Edinburgh City 1-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Match officials: Referee – Scott Lambie. Assistants – Brian Templeton and Ryan Kennedy

Admission prices: Adults £12.00 and Concessions £6.00

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Our next match: 08/12/2018 v Stirling Albion at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm

Other League Two matches: Albion Rovers v Cowdenbeath; Clyde v Berwick Rangers; Peterhead v Annan Athletic; Stirling Albion v Elgin City