Spiders two good for Clyde
Bully Wee fail to turn pressure into goals
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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