Jim McInally brings his top of the table Peterhead side to Hampden on Saturday for what is sure to be one of the toughest tests the Spiders have faced this season. The in form Blue Toon, alongside Edinburgh City, have been the pace setters since the season got underway back in August and Mark Robert’s young Spiders side will need to be at the tope of their game to take anything from the Hampden clash.
Ahead of the match the club media caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts.
When asked if the match was likely to be the toughest test they have encountered this season Roberts said: “We know it’ll be a very difficult game, whether or not it’s that toughest of the season remains to be seen. We are very aware of the threat the Peterhead pose in attack with Jim McInally having a number of top class options open to him in that od Lyle, McAllister and Dow to name but a few.
“However we also posses a lot of quality throughout our squad and it’s out home game, meaning that the onus is very much on us to go after them from the get go. We were slow in getting started against Annan last Saturday and I wouldn’t like to see a repeat of that. We need to make sure we take the game to Peterhead and don’t sit in. Those who know me know that having my team sit in is not my style and not something I like to do as a manager.
“If we can start the game in the same manner to which we finished the Annan game, on the front foot and posing a threat going forward, we’ll give ourselves every chance of taking something from the game. Like Peterhead, we also have out own threat in attack and we will look to make the most of these players on the big Hampden pitch.
“I don’t believe there is a huge amount between the teams in this league and think that on our day we are a match for anyone. We very much look forward to the challenge and go into Saturday’s game in a confident frame of mind.”
On the squad front Roberts confirmed that despite his side resembling the walking wounded following the Annan match a week ago, there are no fresh injury concerns and he is likely to have the same squad at his disposal to that which he has had in recent weeks. Commenting on the squad, Roberts confirmed that Calvin McGrory and Dean Kindlan both returned to training this week.
The opposition: Jim McInally’s top of the table side head to Hampden in a rich vein for form, having won their last seven games on the bounce. The Blue Toon have amassed 28 from a possible 33 points the opening 11 league matches and lead second placed Edinburgh City by a solitary point. Of the 11 league matches played so far this season they have only drawn once, against ourselves on the opening day of the season, and lost once against Edinburgh City back in early September. Their last outing was a 2-1 home win over bottom of the league Albion Rovers at Balmoor last Saturday.
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Head to head: Played 47; Queen’s Park 10; Draw 12; Peterhead 25.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LWWWD; Peterhead WWWWWW.
Last five meetings of the sides
04/08/2018 – Peterhead 1-1 Queen’s Park (Scottish League Two)
08/04/2017 – Queen’s Park 2-0 Peterhead (Scottish League One)
28/01/2017 – Peterhead 4-0 Queen’s Park (Scottish League One)
12/11/2016 – Queen’s Park 0-0 Peterhead (Scottish League One)
10/09/2016 – Peterhead 2-0 Queen’s Park (Scottish League One)
Last matches: 03/11/2018; Queen’s Park 0-0 Annan Athletic; Peterhead 2-1 Albion Rovers.
Match officials: Referee – Chris Graham. Assistants – Andy Milne and Calum Doyle.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (u16) £3.00.
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Our next match: Irn-Bru Cup Quarter Final on Friday 16 November, versus Connah’s Quay Nomads at Hampden. Kick off 7.45pm.
Other League Two fixtures: Albion Rovers v Edinburgh City; Annan Athletic v Cowdenbeath; Elgin City v Berwick Rangers; Clyde v Stirling Albion;