It’s first versus second at the Balmoral Stadium this afternoon as the Spiders go head to head with Paul Hartley’s Cove side with nothing but goal difference separating the sides with 11 games of the season now played. With Queen’s unbeaten in five away league matches and the home side unbeaten in six home league matches it certainly the makings of a hard fought close encounter.
The Spiders will head north looking to bury the disappointment of last week’s result at home to Alloa and the gaffer was keen to stress this point when he spoke to the club media team on Friday evening. Laurie said: “We are looking forward to what we know and expect will be a very difficult game. Cove are an excellent side who have produced some very good performances of late. We know they posses a real potent threat going forward and we will need to be at our best to deal with that. They are a strong side and they are where they are in the table on merit.”
“In terms of getting a reaction to the late disappointment last Sunday, that’s something I demanded when the squad returned to training on Tuesday morning. I have to say that what I have saw from the players since then has been great. The boys are a professional bunch who are great to work with and they have really put in the hard work this week on the back of a very disappointing ending to last weekend’s game against Alloa. They are all very much looking forward to getting back to business at 3pm tomorrow.”
“We’re now going into our 12th game of the league campaign so we are at a stage where all the teams will know each other well. Everyone be very keen to have as good a middle part of the season as possible and with things as tight as they are in the league we will need to work very hard. These are the types of games that we all look forward to though, both players and coaches, and we will be working as hard as we can to give the travelling fans something to smile about at full time.”
“In terms of the squad we have had a strong group taking part in training this week. Like always we have a few knocks and niggles that Euan Duffy has worked on during the week, but we are in pretty good shape ahead of the game. I’m delighted that Stuart Morrison has had another good week’s training under his belt, his second full week’s training. He would have been available last week had we needed him at a push but we felt with just a week’s training completed, we did not want to take that risk. Stuart will be a welcome addition back into the squad.”
Tickets remain on sale online to travelling Queen’s fans, who should not that there will be no pay at the gate option. You can buy your ticket HERE.
Fans not making the journey north can make use of Cover Rangers’ live streaming service at a cost of £12.
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