Stenhousemuir v Queen’s Park
The Spiders are on the road as they make the short trip to face an in form Stenhousemuir at Ochilview. They do so on the back of having taken a hard-fought point against East Fife at Hampden last Saturday, a result which went some way to banishing the memory of the heavy loss away to Peterhead the week before.
Ahead of the visit to Ochilview, gaffer Gus MacPherson gave his thoughts to the club media team. Gus said: “The ultimate feeling after the East Fife game was one of frustration. To have played so well and been two goals ahead, it’s a sore one not to have taken all three points.
“We didn’t start the second half in the proper manner and lost a soft goal, that gave East Fife momentum. We then never got the reaction which we wanted and that forced us into having to make a couple of substitutions to try and thwart the attacking threat posed by the East Fife full backs. Ultimately though it’s just frustrating to have thrown away a two-goal lead.”
Looking ahead to Stenhousemuir, the gaffer said: “It’s guaranteed to be another tough game, but we have come to expect that in this league. Games this season have proved as much of a mental battle as they have a physical one. Having said that, we have an intelligent squad of players who know exactly what they’re playing for at this level.
“We know that Stenny will be a difficult opponent. They’ve been in great form of late and having faced them twice already this season we have an idea of what we are up against. That said, we are in decent form ourselves and have only lost two of the last 11 games and we can take confidence from that going into the game.
“I think this league has shown on a number of occasions this season that any result is possible and we go into every game, home or away, knowing that we are capable of getting a positive result.
Gus confirmed that his squad would be bolstered by the return of captain Ryan McGeever who is available again having missed out due to suspension last weekend. Defender Scott Gibson remains on the side-lines as he battles back from an injury picked up against Airdrieonians a month ago.
The opposition: The Warriors currently ninth in the table, one place and one point above bottom side Stranraer. They go into this game unbeaten in their last three league matches having won 1-0 against Stranraer at home, beaten Airdrieonians 4-2 at home and drawn 2-2 away to Brechin City last weekend.
Head to head: Played 142; Queen’s Park 62; Draw 34; Stenhousemuir 46.
Current form: Queen’s Park DWLWLD; Stenhousemuir WLLWWD.
Previous meetings this season: 13/08/2016; Stenhousemuir 1-2 Queen’s Park; 29/10/2016; Queen’s Park 0-3 Stenhousemuir
Match officials: Referee – Grant Irvine. Assistants – Gordon Crawford and Derek Crothers.
Admission prices: Adults £13; Concession (over 65) £8 and Children (under 16) free.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Other League One fixtures: Brechin City v Airdrieonians; Livingston v Stranraer; Peterhead v Albion Rovers.
Next match: Saturday, February 18, vs Alloa Athletic (a), kick off 3pm.