QUEEN’S PARK No tar­gets set for sky-high QP

Vic­tory over lead­ers takes Spi­ders sec­ond

Rutherglen Reformer - - Clyde - Kenny Smith

Q u e e n ’s P a r k c o a c h G u s MacPher­son says that his team are not con­sid­er­ing them­selves as pro­mo­tion chal­lengers de­spite their re­cent good run of form.

The Spi­ders are now seven games with­out de­feat in the league and have risen to sec­ond in the ta­ble, as Gus’ re­built side over the sum­mer has come to­gether.

But the coach in­sists that chal­leng­ing for a play-off spot - or the league ti­tle - isn’t in his cur­rent think­ing.

Gus told the Re­former: “It was a fan­tas­tic re­sult on Satur­day, and we had to work very hard for it.

“We rode our luck at times, as Ar­broath are the strong­est team in the di­vi­sion, and any­one who fin­ishes above them will win the league, in my opin­ion.

“Every­body is now ask­ing us what our tar­get is for the sea­son, but we’ve not re­ally looked at it. We can only go out and look at things as each game comes, tak­ing the op­po­si­tion into ac­count, and do what we can.

“That’s what we’ll con­tinue to do in the weeks ahead. There’s no tar­gets.

“What I will say is that I’m im­pressed by the way the group has gelled, very, very quickly, and there’s a fan­tas­tic spirit amongst them.

“They all know what their job is, and have to get on with it - not just on match days, but in train­ing too.

“And there’s no dan­ger of com­pla­cency creep­ing in, as they are a tight and de­ter­mined group who work ex­tremely hard.”

This week­end, the Spi­ders travel north to take on bot­tom of the ta­ble El­gin City, but Gus will be warn­ing his charges not to un­der­es­ti­mate the op­po­si­tion.

He ex­plained: “We’ve go­ing to be trav­el­ling up and stay­ing overnight. We were lucky to be able to do that in our pre-sea­son too, when we stayed away at St An­drew’s.

“We nar­rowly beat them at the Ex­cel­sior, so we know they’re go­ing to be a tough team. Peo­ple will think it’s go­ing to be an easy game be­cause they’re bot­tom of the ta­ble.

“I saw them when they played Al­bion Rovers at the and they gave a good ac­count of them­selves for quite a while, but ended up los­ing 4-0.

“They will still be smart­ing after that.” The Spi­ders’im­pres­sive run of league form con­tin­ued at Gay­field on Satur­day, after they beat lead­ers Ar­broath 2-1.

The ex­tended their un­beaten run to seven games, and nar­rowed the gap at the top to five points.

QP opened the scor­ing after just two min­utes when Shaun Rooney found Shaun Fraser in space inside the box, and the for­ward slot­ted the ball past goal­keeper Scott Mor­ri­son.

The Spi­ders kept their ri­vals at bay, then on 79 min­utes, Kevin Fother­ing­ham sent a great shot into the top cor­ner.

Ar­broath pulled one back through Paul McManus, who headed home Jack Smith’s cross on 81 min­utes, but were un­able to find a lev­eller.

QUEEN’S PARK: Muir, Rooney, Whar­ton, MacGregor, Gib­son, Slat­tery, Fraser, Miller, Woods (McEl­roy, 79), Carter (McPher­son, 91), Burns (Fother­ing­ham, 72).

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