Ochilview is the destination for the Spiders this weekend as Ray McKinnon’s men look to build on the impressive form that saw the gaffer pick up the Ladbrokes League Two Manager of the Month award for February, this week.
Queen’s will be looking to avoid the age-old curse of the manager of the month award at a venue that was a happy hunting ground earlier in the season, and in doing so continue to the push to secure a play-off spot come the end of the season. However, that will be no easy task against a Stenny side looking to get themselves away from the bottom end of the table.
On the eve of the match Ray McKinnon spoke to the club media team to give his thoughts, and he said: “Having watched Stenny’s game against Stirling Albion midweek I’m expecting a very tough game. Despite the fact they’re sitting eighth in the table they look to be safe and I suspect may be going into the game under no pressure.
“They have a good, strong squad that contains a wealth of experience from middle to front through guys like Gary Harkins, Greig Spence, Mark McGuigan and David Hopkirk so we know the importance of putting in a solid defensive performance.
“We will be looking to build on the clean sheet we kept last week and keep things tight at the back, knowing that if we can do that, we’ll give ourselves a right good chance of winning the game. We have Nicky Jamieson back available for selection again after his recent injury so that presents me with a positive selection headache at the back, given how well Stuart Morrison has performed in recent games.
“That selection headache is what I want though as it shows to me, we have strength in depth in defence and that’s vital to us.
“I feel that we’ve been doing well in recent weeks and I’m looking for us to kick on from that and build the momentum in terms of consistency and performance levels. The boys know what is expected of them tomorrow, they know the importance of being switched on and playing from the first to the last minute and they know if they play to the standard, they are capable of, we’ll be in with a chance.”
On the squad front the gaffer was delighted to confirm that he has no fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of the match.
The opposition: The Warriors currently sit eight in the table, two points behind Annan in seventh, and four points clear of Albion Rovers in ninth. They go into the game on the back of a goalless draw away to Stirling Albion on Wednesday night. Of their 20 home matches in all competitions this season they have won six, drawn four and lost 10, scoring 26 and conceding 36.
Head to head: Played 149; Queen’s Park 64; Draw 37; Stenhousemuir 48. Scored – Queen’s Park 229; Stenhousemuir 203.
Previous meetings this season: 10/08/2019 Queen’s Park 1-1 Stenhousemuir; 02/11/2019 Stenhousemuir 0-3 Queen’s Park; 04/01/2020 Queen’s Park 2-1 Stenhousemuir.
Last matches: 29/02/2020 Queen’s Park 2-0 Annan Athletic; 03/03/2020 Stirling Albion 0-0 Stenhousemuir.
Recent form (all competitions): Queen’s Park WWWLDW; Stenhousemuir LWDWLD.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Salim Kouider-Aïssa (17); Stenhousemuir – David Hopkirk (10).
Match officials: Referee – Lloyd Wilson; Assistant Referees – Graham McNeillie and Blair Comerford.
Admission: Adults £14; Concession (OAP’s/Student Card) £9; U16s £5.
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Other League Two matches: Annan Athletic v Cowdenbeath; Cove Rangers v Brechin City; Edinburgh City v Albion Rovers; Elgin City v Stirling Albion.
Next match: 14/03/2020 v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Kick off 3.00pm.