Spi­ders lose out

QP gaffer ad­mits per­for­mance ‘not good enough’

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Staff re­porter

Queen’s Park ........ 0 East Fife................ 2 Queen’s Park gaffer Gus MacPher­son ad­mits his side were “not good enough” af­ter los­ing 2-0 to East Fife at Ham­p­den on Satur­day.

It’s the Spi­ders sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son and means they are now fifth in the ta­ble with six points.

Gus said of the game: “We were not up to the stan­dards that we have set our­selves in re­cent weeks. We know we can play bet­ter and we weren’t good enough.

“When we don’t reach those stan­dards you will be pun­ished, es­pe­cially against the stronger teams like East Fife.

“We gave the ball away and lost a very poor first goal and that put us up against it.

“Some­times you’ve just got to hold your hands up and say the other team de­served to win.

“We tried to be pos­i­tive, we went with a 3-4-3. We got the ball in to good ar­eas but our cross­ing was not up to par. We had 12 corners and East Fife dealt with them all pretty com­fort­ably.

“They played well and were the bet­ter team on the day.”

Although the home side shaded pos­ses­sion in the game with 55 per cent, East Fife were well ahead on shots, with 10 on goal to Queen’s two.

The visi­tors opened the scor­ing on 27 min­utes when Joe Bradley gave the ball away in mid­field and the Fifers broke for­ward.

Mur­ray played in Austin and although Muir saved his ef­fort, Mur­ray was on hand to fire home the re­bound and put East Fife 1-0 ahead.

The home side were al­most level on 37 min­utes, Wil­lie Muir’s kick­out was flicked on to Tony Ral­ston, who raced to the by­line but his cross was de­flected in to the arms of Good­fel­low.

On 62 min­utes, Austin dou­bled the visi­tor’s ad­van­tage. The striker dis­played some neat close con­trol be­fore fir­ing home to make it 2-0.

There was more bad news for the Spi­ders as striker Chris Dug­gan and de­fender Byran Whar­ton came off in­jured.

And the ex­tent of the in­juries may dic­tate whether or not Gus adds new faces to his squad.

He said: “We’ll have to wait and see. Dug­gan and Whar­ton came off in­jured on Satur­day so we’ll have to wait and as­sess them and see if we need any more ad­di­tions.”

Next up, QP will face Ber­wick Rangers at Shielfield Park. Ber­wick sit fourth in the ta­ble and are com­ing off the back of a 2-2 draw with Ar­broath at the week­end.

Gus added: “It’s another hard, hard game. It’s been a very tough start to the sea­son.

“We’ve won the two away games and lost the two home games and that just typ­i­fies this league.

“We will go and be pos­i­tive as we al­ways are and hope­fully we can get the right re­sult.”

For the latest Queen’s Park news visit www.queensparkfc.co.uk. Queen’s Park: Muir, Baty, Gib­son, Whar­ton (Mar­low 61), Berr, Ral­ston, Burns, McKer­non, Woods, Dug­gan (Carter 45), Bradley (Galt 69)

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