It’s a return to the home comforts of Hampden for Mark Roberts men following a fortnight on the road which brought mixed results in both League and Scottish Cup action.
The disappointment of the defeat to Cowdenbeath at Central Park a fortnight ago was firmly blown away courtesy of last Saturday’s superb win over away to Championship side Queen of the South in the third round of the Scottish Cup, and the Spiders will be desperate to build on that win when Edinburgh City come calling to the national stadium on Saturday afternoon.
On the eve of the Hampden clash Mark Roberts spoke to the club media team to preview the tie, saying: “It goes without saying that we will be asking the players to build on the performance and result we got last Saturday at Palmerston. I’ll be asking for the same type of performance from them and I’m confident that if we can reach that level again, we’ll win the game.
“I know that’s a big ask but the boys have shown they have that in them and if they can do it against a Championship side, there’s no reason why we can’t play to that level against teams in our league. I thought we we were outstanding at times last week, particularly our second half performance where we limited them to just a couple of attempts in front of goal, and that has set a very high standard now.
“We know it’ll be an entirely different type of game and Edinburgh City will be coming to Hampden full of confidence given their recent results, but we are confident in our own abilities and want to win the game. We are well aware of the threat Edinburgh City will pose, they score in almost every game they play, and have plenty of options going forward. That said, if we can reach the level of performance we know we are capable of, we’ll give ourselves a very good chance of taking something from the game.
“It was great to get the monkey off our back and get that first home win the last time we were at Hampden so I want us also to kick on from that. It’s vital that we continue putting as many points as possible on the board, which will allow us to look at the teams above us in the table instead of looking over our shoulder at those below.
“We’re now looking a much bigger threat in front of goal, and I’m delighted that Salim is now getting in amongst the goals on a regular basis. His performance last Saturday showed just how important he is to this team. It’s taken him a little bit of time to get to this stage but he’s now looking every bit the player I knew he was when I signed him. His hold up play, his workrate and his finishing have been vital to us in recent weeks and he’ll be desperate to continue the fine vein of form he is in.”
On the squad front the gaffer confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match, acknowledgin a midfielder Calvin McGrory remains sidelined courtesy of the injury that saw him miss out at Palmerston last week.
The opposition: The Citizens currently sit second in the table, five points behind leaders Cove Rangers, with 13 games played. They go into the game on a fine run of form having only lost one and drawn one from their last 13 matches. In 20 games, in all competitions so far, they have only failed to score on three occasions. They go into the game on the back of a hard fought 4-3 win over fourth placed Annan Athletic at Ainslie park last weekend.
Head to head: Played 7; Queen’s Park 1; Draw 1; Edinburgh City 5.
Scored – Queen’s Park 4; Edinburgh City 12.
Last meeting of the teams: 28/09/2019 Edinburgh City 2-1 Queen’s Park.
Last matches: 23/11/2019 Queen of the South 1-2 Queen’s Park; Edinburgh City 4-3 Annan Athletic.
Recent form: Queen’s Park WLWWLW; Edinburgh City WWWDWW.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Salim Kouider-Aissa (10); Edinburgh City – Danny Handling (8).
Match officials: Referee – John McKendrick; Assistants – Ross Haswell and Steven McDonald.
Admission: Adults £15 & Concession £5 (Concessions cover 65+/16 and under/Student/Unemployed).
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Next match: 07/12/2019 v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two matches: Albion Rovers v Cowdenbeath; Annan Athletic v Cove Rangers; Brechin City v Stenhousemuir; Elgin City v Stirling Albion.