Spiders unlucky to miss out
Coach felt QP were the better side
Queen’s Park boss Gus MacPherson said the better team did not progress after the Spiders were beaten by Stenhousemuir in the League Two play-offs.
Queen’s were beaten 2-1 on aggregate, losing 1-0 last Wednesday at Hampden and drawing 1-1 on Saturday at Ochilview.
Although the Spiders gave a good account of themselves over the two legs it came as scant consolation after conceding what Gus perceived as “two poor goals”.
Despite that, the former St Mirren boss thinks his side were unlucky not to be celebrating promotion to League One: “Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve.
“I thought that both games were evenly matched, however we were the better team in terms of possession and ball control.
“We lost out to two poor goals from set pieces, which was disappointing.
“We gave a more than good account of ourselves and I think we can say that the better team did not progress.”
However there was some good news for QP fans as Gus confirmed that he will be staying on at the club for next season. Gus was hotly tipped for the Dunfermline manager’s job, which was filled by Allan Johnston last week.
When asked if he would be the manager of Queen’s next season, he said: “Yes, is the simple answer.
“We had a chat with the players after the last play-off game. The work starts now as certain players will be leaving and we’ll have to try and sign the players we want to replace them. There will be comings and goings but that’s just the nature of the job here at Queen’s Park.”
Gus took Queen’s from the bottom of the table side last season to finishing second this term. It’s an impressive turn around and many Spiders fans are hoping they could go one better and secure the title. However Gus insists much depends on what players come and go in the summer: “At the start of last season I said we never set ourselves targets and that’s still the case.
“When you look at the teams who will be in League Two next season and the kind of money they can spend you can see how tough it will be.
“We will be in a much better position in August to say where we will aim to finish.” Queen’s Park promotion hopes died after they drew 1-1 with Stenhousemuir on Saturday, losing out 2-1 on aggregate overall.
After only three minutes, McMullan glanced a header by keeper Willie Muir from an inswining corner to put the homeside 2-0 up on aggreagate.
The homeside almost made it 2 -0 as McPherson headed narrowly wide on 35 minutes.
After half time QP levelled on 58 minutes as Shaun Fraser nodded a corner past Fleming.
It set up thrilling finale and Shaun Rooney missed a glorious chance on 65 minutes to level.
The game ended 1-2 and Stenhousemuir maintained their League One status
QUEEN’S PARK: Muir, Mitchell, Quinn, Wharton, Burns, Berry (Rooney, 55), Slattery, Woods, McElroy (Carter ,55), Fraser, McPherson (Hynes, 81).
Queen’s Park Shaun Fraser celebrates making it 1-1