Queen’s return to Hampden for the first time in over a month as bottom side Brechin City come calling on Saturday. Confidence will be high in the Spiders camp ahead of the match courtesy of the 3-0 win away to Stenhousemuir last week but a cautious Mark Roberts stressed the importance of another team performance being needed if the Spiders are to take anything from the game.
Roberts said: “On the back of last Saturday’s victory we go into the Brechin game full of confidence and very much looking forward to it. We know that if we can play to a similar level that we did last week, we’ll give ourselves a great chance of winning the game and putting an end to our poor home form. The intensity which the players played with against Stenhousemuir was fantastic and to have a full team play to that same level for 90 minutes was extremely pleasing for myself and the coaching staff.
“We know Brechin will be tough opponents and they’ll be coming to Hampden looking to win the game and get themselves off the foot of the table. We’ll again need to be at or close to our best from the first whistle to the last and the players know that is expected of them. It goes without saying that we want to get the first home win on the board, and we know it’ll come, but we want that to be tomorrow.
“It’s too early in the season for us to be focussing too much on the league table but it is vital that we start to put gaps between us and the sides below, and hopefully start looking up the table and chasing those in the spots above us. It is however far more important that we focus only on our own performances and results and do not become distracted by the table.”
On the squad front the gaffer confirmed that he will go with the same outfield ten that started at Ochilview, saying: “I’ve always been open in that if we win and play well, I won’t be making changes unless I need to, and that is the case this week. We are without Willie Muir so there will be a change between the sticks, however the other ten players will remain the same, based on their excellent performances last Saturday. It would be unfair on any of them not to retain their place and I’ve always been clear with them this would be the case.
“We are waiting on news on Tommy Block, who missed last Saturday due to concussion, and if it’s positive news, Tommy will be added to the squad as a substitute. We are also hoping to add to the squad in time for the game but it remains touch and go whether or not we will receive the international clearance we require, in time.”
The opposition: Mark Wilson’s Brechin City go into the game sitting bottom of the pile with seven points from their first ten matches. They are looking end a four game winless run of which they have lost their last two courtesy of home defeats against Annan Athletic, 2-0, and Edinburgh City, 3-2.
Head to head: Played 106; Queen’s Park 35; Draw 27; Brechin City 44. Scored– Queen’s Park 160; Brechin City 149.
Last matches: 02/11/2019 Stenhousemuir 0-3 Queen’s Park; Brechin City 2-3 Edinburgh City.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LLLWLW; Brechin City LWDDLL.
Match officials: Referee – Graham Grainger; Assistant Referees – Jordan Stokoe and George King.
Admission: Adults £15 & Concessions £5 (Concession covers 65+/Student/U16s/Unemployed).
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Next Match: 16/11/2019 v Cowdenbeath at Central Park. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two fixtures: Albion Rovers v Stenhousemuir; Annan Athletic v Cowdenbeath; Cove Rangers v Stirling Albion; Edinburgh City v Elgin City.