Stenhousemuir Match Preview

It’s a fourth home game in a row for the Spiders as Davie Irons’ Stenhousemuir side come calling to the National Stadium on Saturday. Ray McKinnon’s men will be keen to build on the unbeaten start to the league campaign which has saw the Spiders take 13 from a possible 15 points, conceding no goals along the way. The Warriors however have also had a good start to their league season and sit fourth with only one defeat from their opening five matches.

Manager’s thoughts

“It’s a game we are very much looking forward to and again it’s good to be at Hampden. We are expecting another tough test against a strong Stenhousemuir side which contains some real quality, particularly in their forward line. That said, we are going into the game with some momentum behind us from the start we have made to the league campaign and that is undoubtedly something which we all want to build upon.

“I’ve said it numerous times already this season but how we start the game is hugely important. Like last week, the onus will be on us as the home side to take the game to Stenny and that’s what we will look to do. We can take confidence from how we started the game, getting the early goal, and the overall performance against Brechin last week.

“It was also pleasing last week to see Darren and Jai get themselves on the scoresheet again. Going forward it is really important that we share the load of the goals throughout the team and I want to see players having that hunger to get themselves into the positions that they can be scoring goals. The players know that the responsibility is on all of them to get goals.

Squad news: The manager confirmed that he will once again have a couple of late calls to make on player availability but is hopeful that he will have close to a full squad to chose from come Saturday afternoon.

The opposition: The Warriors go into the game looking to end a run of three defeats on the bounce with their most recent match being a home defeat against Annan Athletic last Saturday. Davie Irons’ side currently sit fourth in the table having picked up eight points from their opening five matches. Ex-Spiders defender Creag Little is now amongst the Stenny ranks and has featured in four of their opening five league games, grabbing a goal in their 3-1 win over Albion Rovers.

Head to head: Played 150; Queen’s Park 64; Draw 38; Stenhousemuir 48. Scored – Queen’s Park 229; Stenhousemuir 203.

Last meeting of the sides: 07/03/2020 Stenhousemuir 0-0 Queen’s Park.

Last matches: 21/11/2020 Queen’s Park 3-0 Brechin City; Stenhousemuir 1-2 Annan Athletic.

Recent form (all competitions): Queen’s Park WWWLLW; Stenhousemuir DDWLLL.

Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Will Baynham, Jai Quitongo and Darren Lyon (2); Stenhousemuir – Greig Spence (5).

Match officials: Referee – David Lowe; Assistant Referees – Colin Drummond and Andy Taylor.

Live streaming: Information for members, season ticket holders and pay per view viewers https://queensparkfc.co.uk/qptv-live/

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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.

QPTV: Post match reaction from the manager will be available shortly after the game. Match highlights to follow on Sunday morning on our YouTube channel.

Next match: 05/12/2020 v Cowdenbeath at Central Park. Kick off 3.00pm.

Other League Two matches: Albion Rovers v Stirling Albion; Annan Athletic v Edinburgh City; Brechin City v Stranraer; Elgin City v Cowdenbeath.

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