As games go this season there won’t be many more difficult than Saturday’s trip to take on Peterhead at Balmoor. As Mark Roberts side make the 180 mile trip to the north east, people could be forgiven for thinking that there might only be one likely outcome of the game but one thing’s for sure, Queen’s won’t be there just to make up the numbers and that was something the gaffer was keen to make clear when he spoke to the club media team before training on Thursday night.
Looking ahead to the game Roberts said: “We expect a very tough game against one of the best sides in the league. Both Peterhead and Edinburgh City are better than the rest by quite some distance, however we’ll still be going up there looking to take something from the game.
“We’re on a decent run of form just now although I don’t think we have taken all the points that our performances have merited, but we need to carry that form forward into Saturday. Whether or not we continue with the formation we have been playing in recent weeks is something you’ll need to wait and find out, but it may well be a formation that suits us going up there.
“I expect a much more open game than last week where Cowdenbeath came to Hampden and played for a draw to a certain extent. That made things difficult for us with them sitting in, but I wouldn’t expect that on Saturday. It’s up to us to make sure we do the ugly side of things first, keeping it tight at the back, looking to get our attacking players involved at the other end and looking to exploit the spaces that become available.
“It goes without saying they are a very good side but if we can stop their better players controlling the game and get out better players on the ball, we’ll give ourselves a good opportunity of getting something from the game.
“We’re going into another tough run of games in the next few weeks. It’s important for us that we look to turn some of the draws into wins and look to start moving up the table.”
Roberts confirmed, at the time of writing and before Thursday’s training session, that he had no fresh injury concerns to contend with and would be going into the game with the same squad of players he has had at his disposal over the last few weeks.
The opposition: Jim McInally’s men go into the game sitting second in the table, four points behind league leaders Edinburgh City, but having played two matches less than the side from the capital. Their last outing was a goalless draw against City at Balmoor a week ago. The Blue Toon’s home record in all competitions this season currently stands at 17 played, nine wins, two draws and six defeats. They have kept five clean sheets from those 17 matches.
Head to head: Played 48; Queen’s Park 11; Draw 12; Peterhead 25.
Previous meetings this season: 04/08/2018 Peterhead 1-1 Queen’s Park; 10/11/2018 Queen’s Park 2-0 Peterhead.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LDLDWD; Peterhead WLWWLD.
Last matches: 09/02/2019 Queen’s Park 1-1 Cowdenbeath; Peterhead 0-0 Edinburgh City.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Lewis Hawke (8 goals); Peterhead – Rory McAllister (12 Goals)
Match officials: Referee – Craig Napier. Assistants – Michael Banks and Terry Ormiston.
Admission: Adults £12.00; Concessions (12-16 year olds/65+/Students) £6.00. Please be aware the turnstile operators may ask for proof of concession on arrival.
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Our next match: Saturday 23rd February v Clyde at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two matches: Clyde v Albion Rovers; Cowdenbeath v Annan Athletic; Elgin City v Stirling Albion.