A lot can happen in a week in football, never mind a decade, and that’s certainly been the case for the Spiders as we start the 2020s with a new man at the helm since our last outing.
Davie Irons’ Stenhousemuir side are the visitors to the National Stadium as we get the decade underway with Ray McKinnon in charge and it’s a match that both sides will be viewing as the ideal opportunity to end recent poor runs. Ahead of the game, the club media team caught up with the new Head Coach to gather his thoughts.
Ray said: “I’m delighted to be at the club and have been made very welcome already. I’m obviously very much looking forward to the opportunity that lies ahead. The President has a very clear and impressive vision for taking the club forward and I am delighted to have the opportunity to be part of that.
“From my perspective I’ve obviously had very little time with the players, having only had one training session on Thursday night. It would be entirely unfair to judge anyone on that’ so for myself it’ll be very much an ongoing assessment process of the squad and every player will have the opportunity to impress.
“The Stenhousemuir game is a very important one and it’s one which we will be looking to win. We are not without our injury troubles to seek ahead of the match, but we will give those carrying niggling injuries every opportunity to make it and make a call as close to kick off as possible.
“Given the league positions and how few points there are separating a number of sides, three points from the match would be a big boost. We are very aware that Stenny will pose a real threat tomorrow as they look to try to end their recent run of games without a win. It’s well known that clubs coming to Hampden look forward to the occasion and the onus is therefore on us to go about things in the right manner and do whatever it takes to win the match.
“The players know what is expected of them and we will look to play to our strengths.
“Going forward we will be looking to be active in this transfer window and add to the squad where we are able to. It’s not an easy time of year to get the right players in, but that’s certainly something we’ll be looking to do in order to complement what we have and strengthen for the second half of the season.”
The opposition: The Warriors currently sit second bottom of the pile, with 16 points on the board at the halfway stage in the season. Davie Irons’ side go into the match looking to end a run of four defeats in a row, during which time they have shipped nine goals and scored just three. Their last outing was a 2-0 home defeat to Stirling Albion last Saturday.
Head to head: Played 148; Queen’s Park 63; Draw 37; Stenhousemuir 48. Scored – Queen’s Park 227; Stenhousemuir 202.
Last meeting of the teams: 02/11/2019 Stenhousemuir 0-3 Queen’s Park.
Last matches: 28/12/2019 Annan Athletic 3-2 Queen’s Park; Stenhousemuir 0-2 Stirling Albion.
Recent form: Queen’s Park WWLDLL; Stenhousemuir WDLLLL.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Salim Kouider-Aissa (13); Stenhousemuir – Mark McGuigan and David Hopkirk (7).
Match officials: Referee – Peter Stuart; Assistant Referees – Gordon Crawford and Sean Henderson.
Admission: £5 for everyone #FiverFootball
Programme: Read our digital match programme for the game here HERE
Facebook: Get the team news at 2.15pm followed by live goal, half time and full time score updates via our Facebook page.
Twitter: Get the team news at 2.15pm followed by live updates throughout the match via our Twitter account @QueensParkFC.
Instagram: Get the team news at 2.15pm followed by live goal, half time and full time score updates via our Instagram page.
QPTV: Post match reaction from the manager and a player will be available shortly after the game. Match highlights to follow on Sunday on our YouTube channel.
Next match: 11/01/2019 vs Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park. Kick off 3pm.
Other League Two fixture: Albion Rovers v Stirling Albion; Brechin City v Cove Rangers; Cowdenbeath v Annan Athletic; Elgin City v Edinburgh City.