For the second successive week the Spiders face the prospect of a tough cup tie at Hampden, with John McGlynn’s Raith Rovers side the visitors for the Scottish Cup Third Round clash. If one thing is certain, it’s that it’s guaranteed to be an entirely different type of match to what was witnessed at Hampden last week when the Nomads came calling.
The club media team caught up with Mark Roberts after training on Thursday night to get his thoughts.
Roberts said: “We’re expecting yet another very tough game on Saturday but it’s a challenge that the squad are relishing. The disappointment from last week’s defeat is still there and we’ll be looking for a reaction and to bounce back from that. The unbeaten run we had been on is gone, it was always going to happen at some point, but we now have the opportunity to start another run.
“I’ve watched the Nomads game back on a number of occasions this week and I can’t help but feel we could and should have done more in terms of posing a threat in front of goal, particularly in the second half. That’s now gone though, and we need to look forward to the task in hand on Saturday.
“Raith Rovers come to Hampden in good form and are second in League One on merit. We know they’ll pose a real threat, they have vast array of talent in their squad and we’ll need to be at our best defensively to thwart the threat.
“Having said that, we too hope to cause them similar difficulties at the back and with it being our home match, there is an expectation on us to go out, go at them and take the game to them. We can take real confidence from how we have been playing over the last couple of months and we know if we can reach the levels we’ve shown ourselves to be capable of, we will give ourselves a chance of progressing.
“As with any cup competition we want to go as far as possible, we enjoyed the run in the Irn-Bru Cup and would very much like a run in this competition.”
On the squad front Roberts was pleased to confirm that, at the time of writing, he has no major injury concerns ahead of the match and said: “We have a number of guys carrying small knocks and niggles but that’s been the case for a number of weeks and we’ve managed through so far. We have a big squad if we do need to make any changes though, and I know there’s guys waiting for that opportunity to show what they’re capable of.”
The opposition: John McGlynn’s side currently sit second in the League One table, ten points behind league leaders Arbroath. They go into the game on the back of a 3-1 away victory over Stenhousemuir last weekend where the goals came courtesy of a Daniel Armstrong double and one from Callum Crane.
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Head to head: Played 106; Queen’s Park 33; Draw 25; Raith Rovers 48.
Last meeting of the sides: 14/04/2018 Raith Rovers 2-0 Queen’s Park (League One).
Recent form: Queen’s Park WWWDWL; Raith Rovers DWLWLW.
Last matches: 17/11/2018 Queen’s Park 1-2 Connah’s Quay Nomads; Stenhousemuir 1-3 Raith Rovers.
Match officials: Referee – Lloyd Wilson. Assistants – Gordon Crawford and Steven Wilson.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (u16) £3.00.
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Our next match: Tuesday 27 November v Cowdenbeath at Central Park. Kick off 7.45pm.
Other Scottish Cup matches: Airdrieonians v Dumbarton; Alloa Athletic v Brechin City; Arbroath v Stranraer; Beith Juniors v Ayr United; Berwick Rangers v East Fife; Cowdenbeath v Brora Rangers; East Kilbride v Gala Fairydean Rovers; Edinburgh City v Inverness Caledonian Thistle; Forfar Athletic v BSC Glasgow; Fraserburgh v Auchinleck Talbot; Greenock Morton v Peterhead; Montrose v Annan Athletic; Queen of the South v Formartine United; Stenhousemuir v Falkirk; University of Stirling v Elgin City.