Stenhousemuir v Queen’s Park
Ochilview is the destination for the first leg of the play-off semi-final, matches which present Queen’s with another chance to retain our League One status for next season. Very few would have expected us to be in this position before Saturday’s home match against Arbroath, but the resounding 3-0 win, coupled with Albion Rovers’ 2-0 defeat at Somerset Park was enough to move Queen’s off bottom at the right time.
Ahead of the first leg against Stenhousemuir the club media team spoke to gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Keen to stress just how big a challenge awaits his team he said: “We’ll be up against a strong Stenhousemuir team with more than a couple of familiar faces in it. They posses a wealth of experience in guys like the Dunlop brothers and Jamie Longworth and they are a side who have always proved to be tough opposition in the past, with fixtures in recent years always proving to be close encounters.
“Having said that, we go into the game on the back of a huge result at the weekend and we can take plenty of confidence from that. We expect it to be an entirely different type of match to Saturday’s and we know we’ll need to be at our best to give ourselves a chance.
“We need to look to match the performance levels we’ve hit over the past month or so, in spells against Raith Rovers, Forfar and Arbroath, and we know if we do that we’ll be in with a shout.
“It’s vital that we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves and look towards Saturday’s match. The sole focus of the players needs to be on the task in hand tonight at Ochilview and Saturday will then take care of itself.”
The gaffer confirmed that he is again likely to have a full squad at his disposal, however did hint that there may be one or two late fitness tests with a couple of the squad carrying small knocks from Saturday and training on Monday night.
The opposition: Brown Ferguson’s side finished fourth in League Two and sealed their place in the play-offs with a 1-1 draw on Saturday away to Stirling Albion. There will be a number of familiar faces amongst the Warriors ranks with no fewer than four ex Spiders currently plying their trade at Ochilview … defenders Ross and Michael Dunlop, midfielder Mark Ferry and striker Jamie Longworth.
Head to head: Played 144; Queen’s Park 63; Draw 34; Stenhousemuir 47; Queen’s Park goals 221; Stenhousemuir goals 198.
Last matches: 28/04/2018 – Queen’s Park 3-0 Arbroath; Stirling Albion 1-1 Stenhousemuir.
Last meeting of the teams: 29/04/2017 – Queen’s Park 0-2 Stenhousemuir.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LDLLDW; Stenhousemuir – WWDDLD
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Adam Cummins (10); Stenhousemuir – Mark McGuigan (21).
Admission prices: Stand (Home supporters) – Adults £13 & Concessions £8. Terracing (Away supporters) – Adults £12 & Concessions £7. All under 16s go free.
Match officials: Referee – Alan Newlands. Assistants – Gordon Crawford and Drew Kirkland. Fourth Official – Gavin Duncan.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Facebook: Get the team lines pre-match as well as goal, half time and full time score updates at https://en-gb.facebook.com/QueensParkFootballClub/
QPTV: Post match interview with Gus MacPherson will be available online as soon as possible following the final whistle.
Next match: 05/05/2018 – Queen’s Park v Stenhousemuir at Hampden. Kick off 3pm.