The Spiders make the journey east to take on fifth placed East Fife at Bayview on Saturday. With just 12 league fixtures remaining, each match now begins to take on a bigger significance than the last as the battle to put vital points on the board and avoid relegation intensifies. One look at the league table as things stand could lead you to a number of conclusions about our fate but the fact remains, that it’s still very much all to play for with despite out current position.
On the eve of the trip to Methil the club media team caught up with gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts, starting with a quick look back at last Saturday’s defeat against Raith Rovers.
On that match Gus said: “It was always going to be a very difficult game for us with the experience and firepower Raith Rovers have at their disposal and they made it difficult for us. Disappointingly though I don’t think they had to work too hard for the goals that they did get and there’s frustration on our part in that regard.”
“That said, I think credit is due to the squad for how they played in the second half after we had challenged them at half time to keep a clean sheet in the second half and they managed to do that.”
“There’s a real frustration amongst the staff and players at the avoidable manner in which we have conceded the goals not only against Raith Rovers last week but also the first two against Ayr United the week before. It’s vital that we work as hard as possible to try and minimise those.”
Looking ahead to the East Fife match the gaffer was under no illusions as to how tough a match it will be, and he had this to say: “We say it every week going into games that they are going to be a real tough test and this Saturday will be no exception. We’re in the midst of a tough run of games which has saw us face the leagues top two sides back to back and then go into two tough away fixtures starting against East Fife.”
“Going into the game the players know exactly what is expected of them and to be fair, with the exception of the second half performance at Arbroath a few weeks back, I don’t have any complaints with regards to level of commitment and performance shown by the squad in recent times.”
“We know on Saturday that give ourselves any chance of taking something from the game we will need to play to the high standards that we have set on a number of occasions this season. Another must for us is to keep the individual errors to a minimum as they have been very costly to us. Equally important will be taking chances when they come our way, an area we haven’t been as prolific as we would have liked to have been.”
“Those who have watched in recently will see that we have had no issue in creating chances and looking threatening going forward but it’s vital that we start turning that type of attacking play into goals if we are to put points on the board and I hope that this starts on Saturday.”
The was mixed news on the squad front as the gaffer confirmed that the trio of Kevin Green, James MacLennan and Ewan MacPherson miss out through injury. They will be joined on the side lines by midfielder Gregor Fotheringham who is suspended following his sending off last week. The positive news however is the return from injury of Scott Gibson and Anton Brady.
The opposition: Darren Young’s men go into the game on the back of an impressive 2-0 away win at fifth place Stranraer last Saturday. It was two goals inside three minutes, just before and just after he hour mark that ensured all three points returned to Bayview. Scott Linton opened the scoring from the penalty spot with Mark Lamont doubling the lead moments later.
Head to head: Played 120; Queen’s Park 49; Draw 26; East Fife 45.
Recent league form: Queen’s Park DDDLLL; East Fife DLDWLW.
Last meeting of the teams: 09/09/2017: East Fife 0-1 Queen’s Park; 02/12/2017: Queen’s Park 2-1 East Fife.
Last matches: 03/02/2018: Queen’s Park 1-3 Raith Rovers; Stranraer 0-2 East Fife.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park: Adam Cummins (8). East Fife: Chris Duggan (10).
Match officials: Referee – Kevin Graham. Assistants – Joseph Lawson & Harry Bruce.
Admission prices: Adult – £15; Senior Citizens (60+) – £12; Child – £5; Parent/child – £18; Parent/2 children – £21.
Twitter: You can keep up to date with all the action as it happens at @QueensParkFC
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QPTV: You can catch Gus MacPherson’s post-match reaction on QPTV. The interview should be available around an hour after the final whistle.
Other League One fixtures: Alloa Athletic v Forfar Athletic; Raith Rovers v Airdrieonians; Stranraer v Arbroath.
Our next match: 17/02/2018 v Airdrieonians (a). Kick off 3.00pm.