After the disappointment of last Saturday’s heavy defeat to Peterhead there was positive news coming out of Lesser Hampden this week as Gus MacPherson made three signings on transfer deadline day. The club welcomed back striker Dario Zanatta from Hearts, striker Kalvin Orsi from St Mirren and defender Aidan McIlduff. All three players have joined on loan until the end of the season and will bolster the first team squad.
Ahead of our home game against East Fife, the club media team caught up with Gus to get his views on the goings on of the past week.
Gus said: “Peterhead was an extremely disappointing result. We didn’t start the game in the manner in which we set out to do and to lose three goals and Ryan McGeever to a red card inside the opening half hour or so was hard to take.
“Having said that, from that point onwards, we only conceded once and I thought the players demonstrated real character in that respect. It’s interesting to note that both ourselves and Ayr United, who we had faced a few days earlier, both lost convincingly last weekend, showing that the game going all the way to penalties did have an affect on us.
“We now need to put that disappointment behind us and focus on the East Fife game. We have analysed the Peterhead game, had a number of good training sessions this week and know what is expected of us to put things right.
“We know we’ll be up against a good East Fife side but we need to focus on our own game. It’s our home match and the onus will be on us to take the game to them. It’s vital we get a positive reaction to last week.”
The gaffer confirmed that all three loan signings go straight into the squad for the game. However, he did also confirm that he will be without the services of Ryan McGeever who is suspended following his read card at Peterhead as well as defender Scott Gibson who continues to battle back from an injury which has side-lined him for a number of weeks.
The opposition: Barry Smith’s side currently sit fifth in the table, level on points with the Spiders but above us on goal difference. Their last match was a 0-0 draw at home against Stranraer last Saturday.
Head to head: Played 116; Queen’s Park 47; Draw 24; East Fife 45.
Previous meetings this season: 15/10/16 – Queen’s Park 1-0 East Fife; 19/11/16 – East Fife 1-2 Queen’s Park.
Recent league form: Queen’s Park WDWLWL; East Fife WWWWDD?
Match officials: Referee – Gavin Ross. Assistants – Alasdair Ross and Ryan Lee.
Admission prices: Adult £12; Concession £2 (senior citizens/unemployed/children); Parent & Child £13 (Plus £1 for each additional accompanied child).
Supporters notes: Due to works at the stadium spectators will be seated in sections I & J in South Stand, Lower East. Spectators should enter via turnstiles 84 – 87.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v Peterhead; Alloa Athletic v Livingston; Brechin City v Stenhousemuir; Stranraer v Albion Rovers.
Our next fixture: v Stehousemuir at Bayview on Saturday 11th February, kick off 3pm.