Albion Rovers v Queen’s Park
Queen’s make the short journey along the M8 to take on old foes Albion Rovers in what is undoubtedly the most important 90 minutes of our season so far. After the frustration of going from a winning position to taking no points from Saturday’s match against Alloa the players will be looking to use that disappointment as motivation to try to take a much-needed three points home from Cliftonhill.
Ahead of the match we got the thoughts of manager Gus MacPherson.
Starting with a look back on the Alloa defeat Gus said: “The feeling after the game was ultimately one of frustration. I felt that there wasn’t much between the sides and that we worked extremely hard against what is an experienced Alloa side with plenty of quality and players who have played at a higher level.
“I though we did well in the first half working hard to close them down in the middle of the park when they had possession and I don’t think Michael White had a real save to make during that period. We then got ourselves in front when Aiden Keena showed just how good a striker he is, grasping the opportunity having spotted the keeper off his line and producing a fantastic finish.
“The frustration after that was that we were naive and we lost a match in which we were comfortable. It’s down to experience and how we make decisions when we go in front. We’ve lost points in previous games this season for the same reason and it’s something we keep talking about. It’s been highlighted and the players know that themselves so there’s a natural disappointment among us all.”
Turning his thoughts to Albion Rovers he said: “The games are now getting bigger and bigger as I’ve said in previous weeks. It’s paramount that we take something from this game given the position we find ourselves in.
“Every game is a cup final now and they each take on their own greater importance, but the good thing is that we are still in control of how we want to go about it. We know we’ll be up against a very strong Albion Rovers side who are on the back of a big win at the weekend. It’s a difficult venue to go to but it’s a game that we are looking forward to.
“We know what we need to do. The players know what is expected of them and they’ve shown on a number of occasions this season that they are capable of competing with the best this league has to offer. We need to make sure we compete from the start and we know that should we reach the standards that we have shown ourselves to be capable of, then there is every chance of taking something the game.”
There was however a word of caution from the gaffer as he revealed that centre back Daniel Nimmo looks to have sustained a serious injury in the first half of the Alloa game. He joins long-term casualties Ewan MacPherson and Kevin Green on the sidelines.
The opposition: Rovers currently sit eighth in the table, two places and four points ahead of the Spiders having played two matches fewer. They go into the game on the back of a very impressive 3-2 away win over Stranraer at the weekend where they came from 2-0 down at half time to take all three points.
Head to head: Played 215; Queen’s Park 76; Draw 62; Albion Rovers 77.
Last matches: 10/03/2018 Queen’s Park 1-2 Alloa Athletic; Stranraer 2-3 Albion Rovers.
Previous meetings this season: 12/08/2017 Queen’s Park 2-5 Albion Rovers; 21/10/2017 Albion Rovers 0-1 Queen’s Park; 30/12/2017 Queen’s Park 2-2 Albion Rovers.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LLWLDL; Albion Rovers – LLLDLW.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park – Adam Cummins (10); Albion Rovers – Alan Trouten (25).
Admission prices: Adults £14; Concessions £7; Children (u12s) £2. Concession entry covers Senior Citizens, (65+), Unemployed (on production of the appropriate benefit card), students with student ID and disabled (Carer Free).
Match officials: Referee – Kevin Graham. Assistants – Ralph Gordon and Liam Butler.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Facebook: Get the team news pre-match as well as goal, half time and full-time score updates via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/QueensParkFootballClub.
Other League One fixtures: Airdrieonians v Stranraer; Albion Rovers v Queen’s Park; Alloa Athletic v East Fife; Forfar Athletic v Raith Rovers.
Our next match: 17/03/2018 v Stranraer at Stair Park. Kick off 3pm.