Stenhousemuir Preview

Ochilview is the destination for the Spiders on Saturday afternoon as Ray McKinnon’s men look to continue the winning return to football that has seen them pick up 15 points out of 15 from the last five matches. They’ll face a Stenny side playing their third game in just five days and who will be desperate to cause an upset to further their push to make it into the top five ahead of the split. 

Giving his thoughts to the media team ahead of the game gaffer Ray McKinnon said: “I say this before every game but we fully expect this to be another tough challenge for the boys. We know Stenny have a really strong squad and have some very dangerous players middle to front. They are fighting to get into the top five and are boosted with the important three points they picked up on Thursday night.”

“Having said that though, from our perspective it’s all about us and the manner in which we approach the game. It goes without saying that we are looking to build on recent form and tomorrow presents us with the challenge of trying to pick up another very important three points.”

“It’s been so pleasing that we have managed to get the squad rotation pretty spot on in recent weeks with all of the players are getting time on the park, and producing performances. That in itself is a real credit to the squad in general and to each and every players understanding of the rotation given the amount of games we are playing.”

“It’s been very pleasing to see who hard the whole team have been working on and off the ball, constantly looking to regain possession as quickly as possible when we don’t have it. The whole squad should take credit for the clean sheets we have kept. I’ve been delighted with what the boys have been producing and we just need to keep working hard to ensure that the consistency levels are kept up in the run in.”

“It’s an old saying but all we can really afford to do at present is focus on one game at a time and nothing else. The next game will always be our toughest so it’s important that we remain focussed.”

On the squad from the gaffer confirmed that midfielder Luca Connell, who was substituted at half time on Tuesday night after picking up a knock, is fit and will be included in the travelling squad. 

The opposition: The Warriors go into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over Cowdenbeath at Ochilview on Thursday night. Davie Irons’ men grabbed a vital three points from the game courtesy of 50th minute Calum Yeats header. The victory moved them to within three points of fifth placed Stranraer. 

Head to head: Played – 151; Queen’s Park – 65; Draw – 38; Stenhousemuir– 48. Scored – Queen’s Park – 232; Stenhousemuir – 204.

Last meeting of the sides: 28/11/2020 Queen’s Park 3-1 Stenhousemuir. Watch the goals from that game HERE. 

Last matches: 06/04/2021 Queen’s Park 3-0 Cowdenbeath; Stenhousemuir 1-0 Cowdenbeath.

Recent form (all competitions): Queen’s Park – LWWWWW; Stenhousemuir – WLLLDW.

Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Bob McHugh (5); Stenhousemuir – Botti Biabi (6).

Match officials: Referee – Chris Graham; Assistant Referees – Andy Milne and Kevin McElhinney.

Live streaming: Stenhousemuir’s Warriors TV will be live streaming the game at a cost of £8. You can buy your match pass here Warriors TV Live Streaming

Facebook: Get the team news at 2.15pm followed by 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.

QPTV: Post match reaction from the manager and a player will be available shortly after the game with match highlights to follow on Sunday morning.

Next match: Tuesday 13th April v Annan Athletic at The Falkirk Stadium. Kick off 6.00pm.

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

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