As away venues go this season in League Two there are not many trickier places than Ainslie Park where Edinburgh City have a formidable record so far this season, having won 10 and drawn the other one of their 11 matches. As the old saying goes though, records are there to be broken, and that’s exactly what Ray McKinnon will be looking for his side to do when they make the journey to the capital on Saturday afternoon. The Spiders can take confidence from the recent 2-1 win when the sides met at Hampden in November, but with the opposition involved in a neck and neck title race it will be no mean feat to take something from the game.
Ahead of the trip, the club media team spoke to Ray McKinnon to get his thoughts on the game and on his first full week at the club.
Looking ahead to the match itself McKinnon said: “I’m expecting a really tough game. They’re doing very well in the league, as the table shows, and they are challenging for the title for a reason. They are very good side with a strong, established squad and we’ll need to be at our best to give ourselves a chance.
“Having said that, we will approach the match with a positive attitude. We know that from the outside the expectation will be on an Edinburgh City win but that does not affect our mentality and we will go into this like we will go into every other game, looking to win it. We will have a game plan that focuses on trying to do that and we’ll set up accordingly, but there’s no doubt about it, it will be tough.
“I’m hoping our players have taken some confidence from last Saturday’s result, where we really had to dig in and grind the result out. It was important to put the three points on the board and I hope that allows us to start looking up the table.
“Since I came into the club the boys have done great. Their attitude and application in training has been very pleasing and I have huge respect for how they’ve handled the last week.
Asked about possible additions to the squad in January, McKinnon commented: “As with any football club in any league in the world you’re always trying to improve, and we’re no different. I would hope to add to the squad by bringing in quality in different areas over the next three weeks but we won’t rush into anything. January is a notoriously difficult market and especially the part time market so it’s important that we are patient as we look to see where we can add. The assessment of the squad remains ongoing from my perspective but if we are able to strengthen it’s certainly something we would be looking to do. It would give ourselves a better chance of the second half of the season being a successful one”.
On the squad front ahead of tomorrow’s match, the new gaffer was delighted to confirm that the squad will be bolstered by the return of David Galt, who had missed out last Saturday.
The opposition: James McDonagh’s side sit second in the table, two points behind leaders Cove Rangers, with both sides having played 19 games. Since losing at Hampden in late November The Citizens have won five on the bounce, a run that included a 2-1 win over the league leaders. Their last outing was a 1-0 victory at Borough Briggs last Saturday with Scott Shepherd’s first half goal proving enough to take the three points back down the A9.
Head to head: Played 8; Queen’s Park 2; Draw 1; Edinburgh City 5. Scored – Queen’s Park 6; Edinburgh City 13.
Last meeting of the teams: 30/11/2019 Queen’s Park 2-1 Edinburgh City.
Last matches: 04/01/2019 Queen’s Park 2-1 Stenhousemuir; Elgin City 0-1 Edinburgh City.
Recent form: Queen’s Park WLDLLW; Edinburgh City LWWWWW.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Salim Kouider-Aïssa (13); Edinburgh City – Danny Handling (9).
Match officials: Referee – Graham Grainger; Assistant Referees – Alan Mulvanney and Daniel Graves.
Admission: Adults £12; Concessions £6 (65+, Students with matriculation card and U18s); U12s Free (with any paying adult).
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QPTV: Post match reaction from the manager will be available shortly after the game. Match highlights to follow on Sunday on our YouTube channel.
Other League Two fixture: Annan Athletic v Elgin City; Cowdenbeath v Albion Rovers; Stenhousemuir v Brechin City; Stirling Albion v Cove Rangers.
Next match:18/01/2020 v Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Kick off 3pm. Please note that tickets for this match must be purchased in advance, and information sales can be accessed HERE.