Spi­ders two good for Clyde

Bully Wee fail to turn pres­sure into goals

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Will Hen­shaw

Queen’s Park gaffer Gus MacPher­son spoke of his re­lief af­ter get­ting his first win of the sea­son over ri­vals Clyde.

Home side Clyde were beaten 2-0 by the vis­it­ing Spi­ders thanks to two goals from Jamie McKer­non and Paul Woods in the sec­ond half.

Gus was pleased to get his first win of the cam­paign af­ter los­ing their open­ing game against An­nan.

He said: “You al­ways want to get your first three points on the board as quickly as pos­si­ble and I’m glad we man­aged that against Clyde – we knew it was go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game.

“We were dis­ap­pointed last week that we didn’t get the three points our level of per­for­mance de­served.

“The Clyde game is as dif­fi­cult a game as we’re go­ing to get this sea­son. I think the first half Clyde played very well and put us un­der a lot of pres­sure, es­pe­cially at set pieces.

“They are a big phys­i­cal team and we strug­gled to get to grips with that as that’s an area we’re not as strong in.

“How­ever, af­ter about 30 min­utes we came into the game more and coped a lot bet­ter. Billy Mor­ton and Craig McLeish had chances and we could easily have scored.

“Jamie McKer­non scored a ter­rific goal and the sec­ond goal from Woods meant it was very dif­fi­cult for Clyde to get back in it. Get­ting the first goal in any game is cru­cial and it put us in a great po­si­tion – af­ter that we were com­fort­able.”

The for­mer St Mir­ren gaffer paid trib­ute to his op­po­nents and ex­pects the Bully Wee to be there or there­abouts come the end of the sea­son.

He added: “The team that fin­ishes above Clyde this sea­son will win the league. It’s not just about their re­cruit­ment and play­ers Barry has brought in, it’s about the ex­pe­ri­ence of the side.

“They’ve got play­ers who have played at Premier­ship and Cham­pi­onship level and they will do very well.”

As the Re­former went to press, Queen’s were set to take on Dum­bar­ton in the sec­ond round of the Chal­lenge Cup at Ham­p­den.

On Satur­day how­ever, QP will take on Ar­broath at Gay­field. It’s been a tough start to the sea­son for the Spi­ders but Gus is con­fi­dent go­ing in to the game with the Smok­ies af­ter their vic­tory against Clyde.

He added: “When you look at our first four games we had An­nan, Clyde and next we’ve got Ar­broath and East Fife. They are four teams who will have as­pi­ra­tions for pro­mo­tion if not more this sea­son.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult start for us but like I said it was im­por­tant to get three points on the board and we’ve done that so we will go in to the Ar­broath game with con­fi­dence.

“They had a good cam­paign last year and will be look­ing to pick up their first three points this sea­son so we know it will be tough.”

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