Title chasing Peterhead are the visitors to the national stadium for our last fixture of the season with all eyes on a match which will have a massive bearing on where the title ends up going. Jim McInally’s side head to Hampden knowing that only a victory can guarantee them the league, an accolade which looked to be theirs last Saturday until a late Stirling Albion equaliser put any potential celebrations on hold. One thing is for sure though, if they are to take anything from the game it’ll be no easy task as Mark Roberts’ men look to continue the decent form shown against The Blue Toon this season and end the campaign on a high at Hampden.
Ahead of the game the club media team spoke to the gaffer to get his thoughts.
Roberts said: “It’s a game that everyone is talking about but to be honest we have no interest in who wins the league, our only aim going into the game is to get the result we want and that’s a victory. At the end of the game, whoever wins the league will have deserved it but it’s not something that’ll be on our minds going into it.
“We’ll be going out there to do our best to win the match, as we do in every game. We have no allegiance to Peterhead, Clyde or anyone else and it’s important that we go out there and look after ourselves.
“We know how tough a game it’s likely to be against a strong and physical Peterhead side who are where they are in the table on merit. Results haven’t went all their way in recent weeks and they’ll be looking to do whatever is required to get themselves over the line.
“For us the pressure might be off, as it has been for some time now, but the focus remains the same in that we do not want to see the performance levels drop. I’ve been extremely disappointed over the last two weeks in the manner in which we’ve lost the two games. As soon as we went 2-0 down in both games, we were completely out of it and looked a bit lifeless. That’s not something I want to see from my team and it’s something we’re working hard on through our preparations for next season, which are well underway.
“Previous games against Peterhead this season show that on our day we’re more than capable of taking something from them, but we know that we’re nowhere near good enough to think that we can just turn up and win a game. We need to be at it from the first whistle to the last whistle and if we are, that will give us a chance of getting a result.
The opposition: The Blue Toon have the title within their grasp and know only a victory will see them lift the league trophy. It looked to have been all but sealed at Balmoor last weekend until a 95th minute Peter MacDonald saw Stirling Albion ensure a share of the spoils and put any potential title party on hold until the final weekend of the season. Jim McInally’s men go into the game on a good run of form though, losing only one of their last fourteen matches.
Head to head: Played 49; Queen’s Park 11; Draw 12; Peterhead 26.
Previous meetings this season: 04/08/2018 Peterhead 1-1 Queen’s Park; 10/11/2018 Queen’s Park 2-0 Peterhead; 16/02/2019 Peterhead 2-1 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DDWWLL; Peterhead DWDDWD.
Last matches: 27/04/2019 Clyde 3-0 Queen’s Park; Peterhead 1-1 Stirling Albion.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Lewis Hawke (10 goals); Peterhead – Rory McAllister (15 goals).
Match officials: Referee – Steven Reid. Assistants – Drew Kirkland and Billy Baxter.
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Other League Two matches: Albion Rovers v Annan Athletic; Cowdenbeath v Clyde; Elgin City v Berwick Rangers; Stirling Albion v Edinburgh City.