The Spiders return to Hampden on Saturday afternoon looking for a victory that will banish the memory of last week’s performance and result at Cliftonhill. Those who made the short journey to Coatbridge a week ago will be hoping to see a much-improved performance at the National Stadium where Stirling Albion provide the opposition and the message from the gaffer ahead of the match was the same.
Speaking to the club media team Mark Roberts said: “It goes without saying that we’ll be looking to put last week’s result behind us and get back to winning ways on Saturday. The first 45 minutes last Saturday were probably as poor as we have been all season and it’s important that we see a reaction to that this weekend.
“We were better in the second half at Cliftonhill but by that point we’re two behind and chasing the game in difficult playing conditions. We have an important run of games coming up and if we are to be seriously pushing for that fourth spot in the table, we need to win games. It’s that simple.
“I’ve said it before this season and I’ll continue to say it but the first goal in games like last week, and this weekend is absolutely vital. We’ve scored the first goal seven times this season and we’ve won all seven of those matches, that shows just how important it is.
“Stirling Albion will be coming to Hampden on Saturday with the same ambitions as ourselves, to win the game, and it’s imperative that we start the game on the front foot and at our best. They are also coming off the back of what would have been a very disappointing defeat last weekend, so we need to be aware of that and be at our best.
“They are a good side defensively and with only two points separating the sides in the table there’s a huge incentive for us to widen that gap, and for them to close it and move above us. Since I’ve been at the club, I’ve found games between the sides tight which emphasises just how important it is that we are switched on from the start and take any chances that come our way”.
On the squad from the gaffer confirmed that the squad is strengthened by the return of both Nicky Jamieson and Calvin McGrory. Creag Little misses out through suspension after his yellow card a fortnight ago took his tally to six for the season.
The opposition: The Binos current sit seventh in the table, two points and one place and two points behind Queen’s. They go into the game on the back of a very disappointing 4-2 defeat at home to bottom side Brechin City last Saturday. Their recent form has been somewhat unpredictable having won three and lost three in their last six matches.
Head to head: Played 109; Queen’s Park 35; Draw 29; Stirling Albion 45.
Scored – Queen’s Park 128; Stirling Albion 148.
Last meeting of the teams: 03/08/2019 Stirling Albion 0-1 Queen’s Park.
Last matches: 07/12/2019 Albion Rovers 2-0 Queen’s Park; Stirling Albion 2-4 Brechin City.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – WWLWWL; Stirling Albion – WLWLWL.
Match officials: Referee – Barry Cook; Assistant Referees – George King and Scott Robert Anderson.
Admission: Adults £15 & Concession £5.
Concession covers 65+/16 & under/Student/Unemployed).
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QPTV: Post match reaction from the manager will be available as possible after the final whistle. Match highlights to follow on Sunday.
Next Match: 21/12/2019 v Cove Rangers at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two fixtures: Annan Athletic v Edinburgh City; Brechin City v Cowdenbeath; Cove Rangers v Stenhousemuir; Elgin City v Albion Rovers.