We get our competitive season underway on Saturday afternoon with a trip to Palmerston to face Queen of the South in our opening Premier Sports Cup group stage fixture. The Doonhamers, despite not being in the same league as the Spiders, are somewhat of a familiar opposition with the sides having come up against each other in cup competition three times in little over 18 months. Spiders fans will not need reminded of the outcome of both meetings at Hampden last season but will have fond memories of our last trip to Palmerston in November 2019 when a double from Salim Kouider-Aissa ensured progression into the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
Ahead of the game the club media team spoke to Head Coach Laurie Ellis to get his thoughts on a what has been a busy start to life in his new role.
Reflecting on how pre season has went the gaffer said: “We’ve been back for four weeks now and it’s been a very enjoyable period being involved with a hard working group of players. Like every other club in the country it has not been without its challenges but that’s just the nature of how things are at present and it’s not stopped our preparation for the four cup ties that now lie ahead. We are creating an environment where people know that they are coming in to work hard, looking in some detail about how we do things both on and off the pitch, and it’s been excellent to see that there has been a real buy in from the players.”
“Those who we have added to the squad so far appear to have settled in well and it’s been pleasing to hear that from the players themselves also. We have retained a core of the squad from last season and they have really welcomed the new guys into the group exactly how we would want them to and that helps create that feeling of togetherness. The players that have remained, have done so because first and foremost they are good footballers, but we also believe they are the right type of characters to grow with the club and help the young players as well. It’s also important that core of the squad we now have, have good chunks of their careers ahead of them and have a real desire to embrace what this club can do for them, as well as being keen to show what they can do for us by producing on the park.”
Looking ahead to the four Premier Sports Cup ties Laurie added: “These are not pre season friendlies and they won’t be viewed in that way by us. They are competitive games and a good opportunity to test ourselves against opposition from leagues above. The games mean a lot to us and we will give everything we can to make sure we are as competitive in every game as we possibly can be.”
On the Queen of the South game he commented: “We know it will be a very difficult place to go and fully expect a very tough match against a Queen of the South side who showed their strengths in recent games against us. We know they have some real quality in their squad and expect them to be well organised and hard to play against. They are obviously a Championship club but that is the real appeal for us in that we are very keen to test ourselves against teams that are above us.”
“We will go down to Palmerston with a lighter squad than we would like however it will be a strong starting eleven who will look to give it everything that they have. We are not without our troubles to seek with a number of players missing however that does also present an opportunity for others to come in and show what they are capable of. We will be including a couple of promising youngsters, Chris Mahon and Zak Mauchin, from our Under 18’s squad in the travelling squad and I expect that to be a great experience for them in terms of being in and around the first team group”.
“It’s a game that we a very much looking forward to and it goes without saying, a game that we want to take something from”.
Live Streaming Information: Supporters can tune in to the action at Palmerston courtesy of Queen of the South TV’s live stream, which costs £10.00. This is available to buy here https://www.qostv.co.uk
QPTV: Post match reaction from the manager and a player will be available shortly after the final whistle, with match highlights to follow on Sunday morning.
Social media: Team news as well as half time and full time score updates will be available across all of our social media accounts with live match updates available on Twitter.