It’s derby day for the Spiders on Saturday as Mark Roberts side make the short journey to Cumbernauld to take on old foes Clyde. With the Spiders looking for our first win in seven and Danny Lennon’s side looking to extend an eight-game unbeaten run, the home side will undoubtedly be favourites at the bookies but Queen’s came out on top the last time the sides met less than three months ago and the Spiders faithful will be hoping for a repeat of the score line that day.
Ahead of the game the club media team caught up with the gaffer after training at Lesser Hampden on Thursday night.
Reflecting on the Elgin defeat whist looking ahead to Saturday’s match Roberts said: “Last Saturday was extremely disappointing, that goes without saying, but when you see the lack of real experience on in our team it’s no surprise we will have days like that. We were missing Gerry McLauchlan at the back and when that sort of experience is taken out of our team, we can’t replace it. It’s now important that we put that game behind us and focus on the huge task ahead against Clyde.
“We’ve worked on a number of things in training this week, looking at approaching the game slightly differently to how we have set up recently. We know Clyde will pose a massive threat and we’ll need to be at our best if we are to have a chance of stopping that, however we will still be playing an attacking formation which I hope can hurt them when we go forward.
“It’s a huge game, we know what happened the last time we played. That win gave everyone at the club a huge boost and we went on a good run after it, something which we would really like to do again. That’s much easier said than done though and we are very aware that Clyde are on a great run of form just now. First and foremost, I want us to try and win the game but it is the type of fixture that I wouldn’t be to disappointed if we came away with a point from.
Roberts confirmed things were “starting to look better” on the defensive side of things with Dominic McLaren coming back in at centre half following his suspension last week. Roberts said: “It’s a boost to have Dom available again and we’ll have Gerry back next week as well. Added to that Scott Gibson is back in training and we’re hoping his return will be in the not too distant future.
The opposition: Danny Lennon’s side currently occupy third place in the league, either points clear of fourth placed Elgin City and five points behind second placed Peterhead. They go in to the game on a run of eight matches unbeaten, drawing four and winning the other four on that run. Their last outing was a comfortable 3-0 win away to bottom side Albion Rovers last Saturday where goals from Goodwillie and Rankin inside the first 20 minutes and then a late Ally Love effort ensured the Broadwood side left Coatbridge with all three points.
Head to head: Played 189; Queen’s Park 63; Draw 39; Clyde 87.
Last meeting of the sides: 06/10/2018 Queen’s Park 1-0 Clyde, League Two.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LLLLDL; Clyde WDDDWW.
Last matches: 22/12/2018 Queen’s Park 0-4 Elgin City; Albion Rovers 0-3 Clyde.
Match officials: Referee – David Munro. Assistants – Gordon Crawford and Jonathan Gall.
Admission: Adults £14; Concessions £9; U12s FREE (when accompanied by an adult).
*Free under-12 tickets should be collected from the Clyde Office before entering via the turnstiles. The office is situated in the pod at the south end of the Main Stand.
Supporters notes: Turnstiles D, E and F will be open, all as ‘cashless’ entry points for contactless credit or debit cards. Apple Pay and Google Pay will also be accepted. Home or away fans unable to use this facility should go to the ticket window (adjacent to turnstile C), where adult and concession tickets can be purchased for cash. Queen’s Park supporters will be directed to the designated away section at the South end of the stand.
Smoking Area: Open at half-time only, in the designated area at the North end of the Main Stand (South end for away fans).
Car Parking: Access to the Main Stand car park will be restricted to those with accreditation; players, staff and officials, visiting directors, Silver Arria members, hospitality guests and those with disability parking badges. All other vehicles will be directed to the West Stand car park. Post-match, all vehicles in the Main Stand car park will leave the stadium via the away car park at the West end of the ground, to improve the traffic flow and speed up the exit process.
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Our next match: 05/01/2019 v Albion Rovers at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two matches: Elgin City v Peterhead; Albion Rovers v Annan Athletic; Berwick Rangers v Edinburgh City; Stirling Albion v Cowdenbeath.