The Spiders make the long journey north to take on Peterhead, and after the rigours of two challenging cup ties against Championship side Ayr United in the past week, attention now switches back to league business.
It’s fair to say that Balmoor has not been a happy hunting ground for Queen’s over the years, and with Tuesday’s nights replay having gone the full way to penalties, gaffer Gus MacPherson is sure to have a number of decisions to make when it comes to naming his starting XI.
The club media team spoke to the gaffer on the eve of the match, and reflecting on the midweek cup disappointment, Gus said: “Frustration was the biggest feeling. We put so much into the game, and the same in the first match last Saturday, but ultimately we have lost. One thing we have tried to install in the players is that we want them to be winners and it was evident in the dressing room after the match on Tuesday that they were hurting.
“Going down to 10 men made it very difficult for us, as you would expect, but I can have nothing but credit for the players in the way they went about their business over the two games. I felt there was nothing between the teams on Saturday and on Tuesday night we played a lot of good stuff, trying to be as positive as we could. Once the game went to penalties I just hoped that we would get that little bit of luck, but it wasn’t to be.”
Looking ahead to the Peterhead fixture he added: “It’ll be another very difficult game for us. We would expect nothing less away from home against a good Peterhead side. We need to dust ourselves down and go again.
“We had a light training session on Thursday night following the exertions of Tuesday and we’re now looking forward to getting going again in the league.
“It’s a game that we know we will have to be at our best to take something from. We need to ensure we do the basics right and make sure we compete first and foremost. Given our form in recent months it’s a game that the players can go into in a positive frame of mind.”
On the injury front the gaffer confirmed that late decisions would be made on the fitness of defender Scott Gibson and midfielder Anton Brady with both players rated no better than 50/50 to make the game. There was, however, some good news with Gus announcing that midfielder Dominic Doherty, who joined the club on loan this week until the end of the season from Patrick Thistle, goes straight into the squad to bolster the ranks.
The opposition: The Blue Toon currently sit eighth in League One having amassed 25 points from 21 games so far. Their last league match was a fortnight ago when they recorded an impressive 1-0 away win against second placed Alloa Athletic.
Head to head: Played 44; Queen’s Park 9; Draw 11; Peterhead 24.
Previous meetings this season: 10/09/2016 – Peterhead 2-0 Queen’s Park; 12/11/2016 – Queen’s Park 0-0 Peterhead
Recent league form: Queen’s Park WWDWLW; Peterhead DLLWLW.
Match officials: Referee – Kevin Graham. Assistants – Gavin Harris and Alan Hogg.
Admission prices: Adult £12; Concessions (65+/12-16 year olds/students) £6; U12s free.
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Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.
Other League One fixtures: Albion Rovers v Alloa Athletic; East Fife v Stranraer; Livingston v Brechin City; Stenhousemuir v Airdrieonians.
Our next fixture: v East Fife at Hampden on Saturday, February 4, kick off 3pm.