Spi­ders un­lucky to miss out

Coach felt QP were the bet­ter side

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Will Hen­shaw

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).

All square

Queen’s Park Shaun Fraser cel­e­brates mak­ing it 1-1

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