As fixtures come Saturday will be as tough as it gets for Queen’s this season as Gus takes his squad down the M77 to face league leaders Ayr United at Somerset Park. The Spiders head to the coast with a spring in their step after last Saturday’s confidence boosting 2-1 win over East Fife but it’s safe to say that we’ll need to be at our very best to have any chance of taking something against an in-form Ayr United side.

Ahead of the match the club media team caught up with gaffer Gus MacPherson.

Reflecting on last weekend’s victory a delighted MacPherson said: “I thought it was a deserved win. We had said for a number of weeks prior that we had been playing well, creating opportunities but ultimately not getting the results we deserved. The victory gave everyone a lift as there is nothing more frustrating than playing well and not winning games.”

“We did lose another soft goal but I was delighted with the response we got and that we got it playing the right way as well. Its been a failing and a frustration that before last week we hadn’t been taking the chances we were creating in games but we have stuck at it and it was extremely pleasing to have taken all three points against a good side who went into the game in a good run of form.”

“The win has lifted the spirits of everyone connected with the club and it’s ensured that training has been great this week with the players confidence lifted.”

Looking ahead to the Ayr United game the gaffer said: “We know that as games come this will be as tough as it gets this season, one look at the league table tells you just how good a side Ayr United are.”

“That said, we go there with the confidence that we have played well and competed against sides such as Dunfermline already this season. We need to ensure we reach the standards that we have shown ourselves to be capable of, and we need to ensure that we compete from the start if we are to have any chance of taking anything from the league leaders”.

Gus confirmed that he will be without the services of midfielder Gregor Fotheringham who missies out through suspension. On the injury front Ross Millen, who underwent surgery this week, along with Ewan MacPherson both remain side-lined. The gaffer also confirmed that midfielder Luke Whelan, who has only featured on two occasions so far this season, has left the club this week.

The opposition: The Honest Men go into the game in outstanding form having last lost a game exactly three months ago against fellow promotion hopefuls Raith Rovers. Since then they have went 11 unbeaten, winning nine and drawing just two. They are currently on a run which has saw them win their last seven league fixtures, scoring 25 times and conceding on 6 during that run.

Head to head: Played 104; Queen’s Park 33; Draw 25; Ayr United 46.

Recent league form: Queen’s Park WLLLLW; Ayr United WWWWWW.

Last meeting of the teams: 23/09/2017 – Queen’s Park 0-2 Ayr United.

Last matches

02/12/2017 – Queen’s Park 2-1 East Fife

02/12/2017 – Ayr United 3-2 Albion Rovers

Top scorers

Queen’s Park: Anton Brady, Dominic Docherty, Luke Donnelly and Thomas Orr – 3.

Ayr United: Craig Moore – 15.

Match officials: Referee – Gavin Ross. Assistants – Frank Connor and Andy Taylor.

Admission prices: Adults £16; Concessions (OAP, Student, 18 – 21) £10; Under 18’s £5.

Twitter: You can keep up to date with all the action as it happens at @QueensParkFC.

Facebook: Get the team news pre-match as well as goal, half time and full time score updates via our Facebook page

Other League One fixtures: Albion Rovers vs Arbroath; East Fife vs Stranraer;

Forfar Athletic vs Alloa Athletic; Airdrieonians vs Raith Rovers (Sunday).

Our next match: 16/12/2017 – vs Airdrieonians at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.