Beam­ing boss is sur­prised

Gus ad­mits side are ahead of sched­ule

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reader Travel - Will Hen­shaw

Q u e e n ’s P a r k b o s s G u s MacPher­son ad­mits he has been “pleas­antly sur­prised” by the ter­rific form shown by his side this sea­son.

Speak­ing to the Re­former after their 3-0 vic­tory of East Stir­ling, Gus ad­mits he didn’t ex­pect his squad to gel quite as well after mak­ing so many sum­mer ad­di­tions.

He said: “With so many play­ers com­ing in at the one time it’s never easy. You’re al­ways a lit­tle bit un­sure of how ev­ery­one will set­tle in.

“If you looked at last sea­son’s ta­ble I don’t think any­one could have be­lieved that we would have been in this po­si­tion. That’s the pleas­ing thing about it. We’ve had some draw­backs with in­juries in re­cent weeks, but we’ve still picked up wins. We’ve got the in­jured play­ers com­ing back in the next two to three weeks so ev­ery­thing is go­ing well at the mo­ment.”

Their win over East Stir­ling lifts Queen’s to sec­ond in the ta­ble above Al­bion Rovers.

Of the game, Gus said that de­spite the 3-0 score­line he no­ticed an im­prove­ment over East Stir­ling from the last time the two teams met, which ended in a 3-1 win to QP at Ochil­view.

He said: “We were de­lighted to win the game. We had to de­fend well for pe­ri­ods and it was good to get that clean sheet. We could quite clearly see an im­prove­ment in East Stir­ling from the last time we played them , they had got their se­nior play­ers back, ex­pe­ri­enced guys and you could see it.

“It was a tough game. I was pleased with the qual­ity of the goals from set pieces as that’s some­thing we work on. It was pleas­ing that Carter got a goal, it was am­ple re­ward for the hard work he has put in over the last few weeks.”

Next up Queen’s will face Mon­trose at Links Park and the week after it’ll be their last game at Ex­cel­sior on De­cem­ber 20 when they take on An­nan.

Gus said: “We’ll be de­lighted to get back to Ham­p­den. It’s one of the sell­ing points of the club. Ev­ery­one at the foot­ball is grate­ful for the hos­pi­tal­ity that Air­drie have shown but there’s noth­ing like your own home.

“How­ever we’ve got Mon­trose to think about be­fore that and I’m sure it’ll be a tough game.” Queen’s Park con­tin­ued their re­cent good form with a 3-0 win over East Stir­ling.

QP took the lead after only seven min­utes. Whar­ton headed home a Miller cor­ner.

The ac­tion of the first half was tak­ing place mainly in the Shire half. Another Miller cor­ner on 37 min­utes re­sulted in a Rooney header crash­ing off the bar.

Queen’s would have to wait un­til the hour mark to dou­ble their lead, and a fine goal it was too. A pass into the box was cleared out to Woods, who got to the right bye­line and played a de­light­ful cut­back for Carter to net at the near post.

Ten min­utes from time Band QP wrapped up the points with a su­perbly struck Burns free-kick.

QUEEN’S PARK: Muir, Rooney, McVey, Slat­tery, Quinn, Whar­ton, Woods, Miller, Carter (McPher­son, 79), Fraser (Fother­ing­ham, 87), McEl­roy (Burns, 76).

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