Cliftonhill is the destination on Saturday with old foes Albion Rovers providing the opposition for the Spiders who return to league action for the first time in three weeks. The distraction of cup competitions over the past two weekends has proved to be a welcome one for Mark Roberts side, with victories over St Mirren Colts and then Stirling Albion taking his side’s run to three wins on the bounce.
The situation for Saturday’s opponents however, is entirely different. A poor start to the league campaign and a surprise 2-0 home defeat to Formartine United in the Scottish Cup last Saturday saw manager John Brogan depart the Coatbridge side, leaving them bottom of the table with just four points from their opening nine matches. The Wee Rovers announced this week that Colin Mitchell and Scott Gemmell will take charge of Saturday’s match and Queen’s will be wary of any possible reaction to the events of the last week.
Ahead of the game the club media team spoke to Mark Roberts to get his thoughts.
Roberts said: “I’m delighted with where we are at present. Three weeks ago, we were going into the Clyde game on the back of three successive defeats and wondering where a win was going to come from. Fast forward three weeks and we’re now going into Saturday on the back of three wins and very much high in confidence.
“We are very aware that Cliftonhill is a tough venue to go and get a result, but we have a team that are capable of getting results anywhere, and on any surface, if we play to our strengths.
“It’s vital that we take the game to Albion Rovers, make ourselves tough to beat and be aggressive when on the front foot. We want to see the same levels of work we have saw in the last three games and if we do, that will make things difficult for the opposition.
“I’ve said it a number of times over the last few weeks and continue to stress the importance to the players of being ruthless, both in defence and in attack. We know the situation Albion Rovers are in at present is not a good one, but we need to focus on ourselves and get the job done from our perspective.
“They’ll be looking for a reaction to the events of the last week and we need to make sure we are in the same mind-set as we have been recently and compete from the start. I believe if we do things right and how we want to do them, we’ll give ourselves a good chance of getting a result.
On the injury front Roberts was delighted to confirm that defender Cammy Foy could return to action a lot sooner than previously expected. Roberts stated: “Cammy’s injury is not as bad as first feared, when it looked like he would be out for the season. We’re hopeful that he could be back in training as soon as six weeks. It’s a huge boost for us and equally for the player so we’re delighted. We also have no fresh injury concerns to contend with and we’ll have the same squad at our disposal to that which we’ve had in recent weeks.
The Opposition: The Wee Rovers go into the game sitting bottom of the pile in League Two and on the back of a shock Scottish Cup exit last weekend at the hands of Formartine United. The defeat saw manager John Brogan depart and the Coatbridge side will be led by Colin Mitchell and Scott Gemmell in the interim. Their home record so far this season stands at played seven, lost six and won one.
Head to head: Played 219; Queen’s Park 77; Draw 63; Albion Rovers 79.
Last meeting of the sides: 25/08/2018 Queen’s Park 2-0 Albion Rovers.
Last matches: 20/10/2018 Stirling Albion 1-2 Queen’s Park; Albion Rovers 0-2 Formartine United.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LLLWWW; Albion Rovers LLDWLL.
Admission prices: Adults £13/Concessions £7/Under 16s £2.
Match officials: Referee – David Dickinson. Assistants – Gordon Crawford and Euan Birch.
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Our next match: 03/11/2018 v Annan Athletic at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two fixtures: Stirling Albion v Edinburgh City; Berwick Rangers v Cowdenbeath; Clyde v Peterhead; Elgin City v Annan Athletic.