The Spiders are back on the road this Saturday as Ray McKinnon takes his side south to face Stranraer. Queen’s go into the match looking to build on last weekend’s victory over Albion Rovers at Hampden where an early double from Will Baynham secured the points despite a spirited second half performance from the visitors. The defence, and in particular Willie Muir, will also be looking to build on the two clean sheets secured in our opening two league fixtures.
With Stevie Farrell’s side in search of their first competitive win of the season and The Blues squad containing no fewer than four former Spiders, we will hopefully be in for a entertaining afternoon at Stair Park.
Ahead of the game the manager spoke to the club media team to give his thoughts and he said: “We go into the game in a good frame of mind and very much looking to take the three points from it. We know that won’t be easy and expect a difficult match at what is normally a tough venue for most teams to go to.
First and foremost I’m looking to see an improvement in the performance from last week and for us to play as well as we can for as long as possible in the game. If we do, that the results will come and ultimately we will start building real momentum.
Another aspect that I’m keen to see us improve on is taking advantage when we are in control of games. I felt we didn’t do that last week after getting the two goals early in the match, and that made things difficult for us particularly in the second half. If we can get some control of the game on Saturday, I would like to see us being ruthless and capitalise on having that control, as any manager would want of their team.”
On the squad front the manager was delighted to confirm that he has almost a full squad to chose from with Simon Murray being the only player to miss out. Ray was however pleased to confirm that the striker has now returned to full training.
The opposition: Stevie Farrell’s side go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Annan a week ago. That result came on the back of a disappointing 4-1 defeat at home to Elgin City on the opening day of the league season the previous week. The Blues squad contains four ex Spiders in that of Sean Burns, Adam Cummins, Joao Victoria and Thomas Orr.
Head to head: Played 137; Queen’s Park 50; Draw 34; Stranraer 53. Scored – Queen’s Park 193; Stranraer 198.
Last meeting of the sides: 17/03/2018 Stranraer 2-3 Queen’s Park, Scottish League One.
Last matches: 24/10/2020 Queen’s Park 2-0 Albion Rovers; Annan Athletic 1-1 Stranraer.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LLDW; Stranraer DDLD.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Will Baynham (2); Stranraer – Ruari Paton (2).
Live streaming: Our hosts will be providing a live stream of the match at a cost of £7.99. Full details on how to purchase your pass are available here https://stranraerfc.org/halloween-clash-with-spiders-is-live/
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.
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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: 07/11/2020 v Elgin City at Boroughbriggs. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two matches: Albion Rovers v Brechin City; Cowdenbeath v Stenhousemuir; Edinburgh City v Elgin City; Stirling Albion v Annan Athletic.