Table toppers Edinburgh City are the visitors to Hampden on Saturday and will undoubtedly prove to be tough opposition for Mark Roberts’ injury hit Spiders side. With the gaffer looking to build on the point gained from last Saturday’s frustrating 2-2 draw against Albion Rovers, he was all too aware of the challenge that awaits his side when he spoke to the club media team on Friday.

Roberts said: “We know how tough a game Saturday will be, we’re up against a side that are top on merit and a side that I’ve said previously are the best in this league this season. We will need to be at our absolute best to give ourselves a chance and I think first and foremost we need to stop them.

“It’s well documented that we’re going through a rough spell just now and I believe everyone, not just the guys playing, but the entire squad and the coaching staff, need to be doing better.

“It’s vital that we don’t feel sorry for ourselves in our current situation though, we need to pick ourselves up and look forward.

On the squad front Roberts confirmed that he will be without Gerry McLauchlan, Kurtis Roberts and Ciaran Summers all as a result of injuries picked up last Saturday. Josh Peters is also likely to miss out due to flu. There was however some good news with Roberts confirming the return of both Jordan Hart and Scott Gibson, the latter of whom played an hour for the reserves on Tuesday night.

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The opposition: James McDonaugh’s side top of the league, three points clear of second placed Peterhead who have a game in hand on them. Their last match, a week ago, saw them suffer a rare defeat against Stirling Albion at Ainslie Park. That was their first loss in a league fixture in over two months and only their third defeat in the league this season.

Head to head: Played 4; Queen’s Park 1; Draw 1; Edinburgh City 2.

Previous meetings this season: 22/09/2018 Queen’s Park 0-2 Edinburgh City; 01/12/2018 Edinburgh City 2-0 Queen’s Park.

Recent form: Queen’s Park LLDLLD; Edinburgh City WDWWDL.

Last matches: 05/01/2019 Queen’s Park 2-2 Albion Rovers; Edinburgh City 0-1 Stirling Albion.

Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Lewis Hawke (7); Edinburgh City – Blair Henderson (26).

Match officials: Referee – Craig Napier. Assistants – Ivan Stankovic and Jordan Cousland.

Admission: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (U16) £3.

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Our next match: 19/01/2019 v Stirling Albion at Forthbank Stadium. Kick off 3.00pm.

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

Supporters notes: The bar and bistro at the JB McAlpine Pavillion, Lesser Hampden, will be open to all supporters from 12.00 onwards.