Queen’s Park v Ayr United
After the disappointment of last Saturday’s heavy 5-0 home defeat at the hands of high-flying Raith Rovers, their fellow promotion hopefuls Ayr United head to Hampden to provide our next opposition.
Gus and his squad will undoubtedly be looking to banish the memory of that defeat but it will be no mean feat against an Ayr United side who will also be looking to get back to winning ways after picking up just one point from their last three league matches.
Ahead of the match the club media team caught up with Gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Gus said: “Ultimately we were extremely disappointed with the final score last weekend. The manner in which we started the game, giving away daft goals again at home was extremely frustrating but thereafter we played well in spells. For 60-70 minutes of the game I was very pleased and impressed with how we went about our business and some of the passages of play. You wouldn’t look at the full-time result and think that but it shows the importance of trying hard to cut out the silly mistakes because they will always be punished at this level.
“We go into this game against another strong, experienced side hoping that we can replicate the good play we saw against Raith Rovers. We know it’s going to be a very tough game, as they all are at this level, but we know we can compete should we play to our strengths.
“We have watched last weekend’s game back on more than one occasion and know what we’re doing right and where improvement is needed. It’s also vital we’re more clinical in front of goal when chance do come our way.
“We’re in the middle of a three-game run which sees us take on the full-time teams in the league and know it’s difficult, but we just need to dust ourselves down from last week and go again.”
On the injury front, Gus confirmed that Luke Whelan and Ewan MacPherson remain out and that they are joined on the side-lines by midfielder David Green who picked up a knock in Tuesday night’s Development League victory over East Kilbride.
The opposition: The Honest Men are sitting second in League One, six points behind early pace setters Raith Rovers, with six matches played. They go into the game on the back of a high scoring 3-3 draw with Alloa Athletic at Somerset Park last weekend when they had ex-Spider and recent signing Lawrence Shankland to thank for a 94th minute equaliser to ensure a share of the spoils.
Head to head: Played 103; Queen’s Park 33; Draw 25; Ayr United 45.
Last matches: 16/09/2017; Queen’s Park 0-5 Raith Rovers; Ayr United 3-3 Alloa Athletic
Last meeting of the teams: 24/01/2017; Queen’s Park 2-2 Ayr United (Ayr United won 5-4 on penalties), Scottish Cup Fourth Round replay.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LLLDWL; Ayr United WWLLLD.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Anton Brady 3; Ayr United – Craig Moore 10.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizen (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed £3 and Children (U16) £3.
Match officials: Referee – Gavin Ross. Assistants – Andrew McWilliam and Gordon McCabe.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League One fixtures: Alloa Athletic v Albion Rovers; East Fife v Forfar Athletic; Raith Rovers v Airdrieonians; Stranraer v Arbroath.
Our next match: 30/09/2017; v Airdrieonians at Excelsior Stadium. Kick off 3pm.