Motherwell U20s vs Queen’s Park
It’s a return to cup action for the Spiders this evening as we head to Forthbank to face Motherwell U20’s in the First Round of the Irn-Bru Cup. After the disappointing start to the league campaign the cup may be viewed by some as a welcome, albeit temporary distraction and there’s reasons to be hopeful given that we progressed to the Fourth Round of the same competition last season, knocking out two ‘Colt’ sides in the process.
Ahead of the game the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Reflecting on Saturday’s game Gus said: “I was extremely disappointed. For 30 minutes or so we were comfortable, not dominating play but comfortable. We went ahead and enjoyed some good play but then lost two goals just before half time, under no pressure. We didn’t heed the warning that was there a couple of minutes prior to them scoring. We then find ourselves behind at half time and the mood is completely different”.
“We started the second half okay and had a chance to draw level which we never took, and then suddenly we’re 3-1 down. You could see the effect that had on the group, the goals we lost were so soft and came as a result of individual decision making which is something that has to improve because you can’t lose the type of goals we’re losing at any level of football”.
Turning his thoughts to Wednesday’s nights cup tie the gaffer said: “The game will be tough and we need to show our mental strength as much as anything. The league remains the priority and that won’t change but it’s important to see a reaction to the disappointment of the last two matches. From the back to the front we need to ensure that we are mentally strong, do our jobs and that we are brave, that’s what I ask of the players”.
“We know enough about, and have saw enough of Motherwell to know what we will be up against tonight. I have said that the league is the priority but this is a competitive match and once the whistle goes we will be doing all we can to win it”.
“We have a full squad of players available to choose from and we will make a number of changes to the starting XI in order to give players competitive game time. It’s important that those who come in show they are capable and it gives them the chance to show what they have to offer and stake their claim to be considered for selection on a regular basis”.
Head to head: This will be the first meeting of the sides.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DWWLL.
Match officials: Referee – David Dickinson. Assistants – Kevin McElhinney & Ryan Kennedy.
Admission prices: Adults £7 & Children £3.
Our next match: Saturday 19th August, vs Alloa Athletic (A), kick off 3.00pm.