Queen’s Park v East Fife

Match Preview

After a battling performance away to Raith Rovers last weekend, the Spiders return to Hampden to take on a high-scoring East Fife side who put six past Airdrieonians at Bayview last time out … despite having gone a goal behind in the opening minute.

This will be the second meeting of the sides this season with Queen’s having taken all three points from back in September courtesy of a second half penalty from Ross Millen.

Ahead of the Hampden clash, the club media team got the thoughts of gaffer Gus MacPherson.

Looking back on the Raith defeat Gus said: “I was pleased with how we played and how hard we worked. I thought we were excellent, and the effort could not be questioned. We played pretty well for the majority of the game and most importantly we competed for long spells against a team that most would expect to be challenging for the title, if not gaining promotion come the end of the season.

“We have positives to take from the game but ultimately the feeling once again was that of disappointment.”

Looking ahead to the East Fife game Gus frankly admitted: “We need to start scoring more goals, and not just on Saturday. We have failed to take points from a number of games this season when we haven’t taken our chances. The reality is we are all too aware that we need to start scoring more than the opposition if we are to have a chance of getting out of our current position.

“We know all too well that East Fife will come to Hampden high in confidence on the back of their victory last week and how well they are doing in general. They’ve picked up some impressive victories recently and have a strong squad with good players such as Chris Duggan who we know very well from his spells at Hampden.

“That said it’s a game we very much look forward to and it’s one where we will be doing all we can to take something from it. It’s important we compete from the start and take our chances if and when they come our way.”

The opposition: The Fife side go into the game sitting fifth in the table having picked up 21 points from their opening 14 fixtures.

Head to head: Played 119; Queen’s Park 48; Draw 26; East Fife 45.

Recent league form: Queen’s Park DWLLLL; East Fife WLWLLW.

Last meeting of the teams: 09/09/2017: East Fife 0-1 Queen’s Park.

Last matches: 25/11/2017 – Raith Rovers 2-0 Queen’s Park; East Fife 6-1 Airdrieonians

Top scorers: Queen’s Park: Anton Brady, Thomas Orr and Dominic Docherty – 3. East Fife: Chris Duggan – 7.

Match officials: Referee – Ryan Milne. Assistants – Jordan Stokoe and Steven Strang.

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

Twitter: You can keep up to date with all the action as it happens at @QueensParkFC

Facebook: Get the team news pre-match as well as goal, half time and full time score updates via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/QueensParkFootballClub

Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v Forfar Athletic; Arbroath v Stranraer; Ayr United v Albion Rovers; Raith Rovers v Alloa Athletic.

Our next match: 09/12/2017: vs Ayr United at Somerset Park. Kick off 3pm.