QUEEN’S PARK No targets set for sky-high QP
Victory over leaders takes Spiders second
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).