Queen’s Park v Edinburgh City
After an exhilarating 2-2 draw with Championship side Morton at Cappielow on Tuesday night the Spiders return to take on Edinburgh City in our penultimate Betfred Cup Group F tie.
Those who made the trip to Greenock might have left feeling somewhat disappointed having seen a two-goal lead slip inside the final five minutes, but must also have taken the positives from how well Gus’ squad fared against opponents from a league above. Yes, Morton had a lot of possession and yes, Morton created an awful lot of chances – but our back line answered the questions posed of them on almost every occasion and that, along with the lessons of the Motherwell game a few days previously, will stand the squad in good stead going forward.
We caught up with Gus on the eve of the Edinburgh City clash to get his thoughts, starting with a reflection on the Morton game.
Gus said: “I thought we were slow to start the match and felt it was 20 minutes or so before we properly got going. That may have been a hangover from the final 20 minutes against Motherwell a few days prior but it was pleasing that it disappeared.
“Once we got ourselves going I was extremely pleased with our efforts. We were up against another full-time side and I thought we held our own for long spells of the match. It was somewhat disappointing to lose the two-goal lead so late on but that’s not something we will dwell on. We have plenty of positives to take from the game, and from the Motherwell game in that we competed with a Premiership side for 70 minutes, and they will be what we look at as we progress.
“It goes without saying that we will look to take those positives into our two remaining cup fixtures starting with Edinburgh City. We know it will be a difficult game and we now find ourselves in the position of favourites but we will again look to utilise the game, as we have done with our previous matches, to give players game time, build fitness levels and look at personnel and tactics.
“We now have six or seven fixtures under our belt since returning for pre-season and I feel things are starting to take shape within the squad. The players are gaining a better understanding of each other and a better understanding of what the coaching staff expect of them as each game passes.
“We will make a number of changes to the team that faced Morton on Tuesday as we continue to look at different personnel in different positions as we gear towards the start of the league campaign. It will be a tough match against Edinburgh City but it’s one we very much look forward to.”
Only meeting of the sides: 25/07/2015; Edinburgh City 0-0 Queen’s Park (Irn-Bru Cup). Queen’s Park won 3-1 on penalties.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LD; Edinburgh City – D.
Last matches: 18/07/2017; Morton 2-2 Queen’s Park (Morton won penalty shootout 4-2).
Edinburgh City 2-2 Berwick Rangers (Edinburgh City won penalty shootout 4-2).
Match officials: Referee – Kevin Graham. Assistants – David Roome and Colin Drummond.
Admission prices: Adult £12 & Concession £6.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Our next match: 25/07/2017 vs Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park. Kick off 7.45pm.