It’s a return to the home comforts of Hampden for Queen’s on Saturday as Stenhousemuir make the short journey south to provide the opposition. After six matches on the road, four of those ‘home’ games which were played at Airdire, everyone in the Spiders camp will be looking forward to being back amongst familiar surroundings, none more so than the new additions to the squad who have still to experience the facilities for the first time.
Ahead of the match the gaffer gave his thoughts to the club media team.
Roberts said: “Without being disrespectful to Stenhousemuir, these are the types of games that we are looking to win in order to get as many points on the board during the first quarter of the season as we can and I suspect Stenhousemuir will be thinking the exact same.
“I’m keen to see us build on last week’s victory in order to start building some momentum and consistency and there’s no better time to do it than at the start of the campaign. We know Stenny will be looking to do the same and to bounce back from their opening day defeat against Albion Rovers, so it’ll be a difficult game.
“For me, this is the type of game where there’s no obvious favourite and it’ll be whoever turns up and performs on the day that will likely go away with the three points. For us it’s vital that we work hard from the start and to try and let our quality shine through. If we can do that, we’ll give ourselves a very good chance of winning the game.
“It’s also vital that we keep things as tight as possible at the back. Last week’s win showed that we can pick up three points despite not being at our best, when we keep a clean sheet.”
On the injury front the gaffer confirmed that midfielder Calvin McGrory remains sidelined and that a late call will be made on the availability of Alfie Agyeman who has been in some discomfort from the tackle which saw Ross McGeachie sent off in last Saturday’s game. Captain Scott Gibson who featured on Tuesday night against Celtic U21’s continues his fight back to full fitness but will likely have to settle for a place on the bench.
The opposition:The Warriors lost their opening match of the league campaign by the odd goal in five as Albion Rovers left Ochilview with all their points last Saturday. That defeat came on the back of three defeats in the Betfred Cup against Dundee United, East Fife and Hearts and a win over Cowdenbeath in their last group stage match. Colin McMenamin’s side will be looking for a good league campaign this season as the look to bounce back from the disappointment of relegation through the play-offs last season.
Head to head: Played 146; Queen’s Park 62; Draw 36; Stenhousemuir 48.
Last meeting of the sides:05/05/2018 Queen’s Park 1-2 Stenhousemuir, League One Play-Offs.
Last matches:06/08/2019 Queen’s Park 2-2 Celtic U21’s (Celtic U21s won 4-3 on penalties); 03/08/2019 Stenhousemuir 2-3 Albion Rovers.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – DLDDWL; Stenhousemuir – LLLWL.
Match officials: Referee – Gavin Duncan. Assistants Referee’s – Alastair Mather and Robert Thomson.
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Other League Two matches:Albion Rovers v Cove Rangers; Annan Athletic v Elgin City; Cowdenbeath v Stirling Albion; Edinburgh City v Brechin City.