Hampden side match Loons all the way to replay
Queen’s Park manager Gus MacPherson is confident his side can advance to the next round of the Scottish Cup with a victory over Forfar Athletic this weekend.
The Spiders’ boss was left frustrated after Danny Denholm’s spectacular overhead kick cancelled out Chris Duggan’s long range opener to force a replay.
Dick Campbell’s Forfar returned to Hampden Park for their second cup tie this season after defeating Queen’s 2-0 in the League Cup back in August.
But now Queen’s will look to continue the Loons’ miserable run of 10 games without a win in the replay on December 5.
MacPherson, who experienced Scottish Cup glory when he formed part of the Kilmarnock side who lifted the trophy in 1997, is looking to dump the Loons out the competition with a second bite at the cherry.
He said: “We were reasonably happy with our performance against a team that’s obviously in a league above us. After the opening 20 minutes we played better and scored a very good goal. We had chances to extend the lead but we never took them.
“One of Forfar’s rare attacks in the second half, they scored, which was a very good goal from their point of view. A long throw-in into the box and it’s a spectacular finish from the lad.
“But after that we went and dominated possession and territory but couldn’t get that winning goal.
“I think Forfar would agree that they had Rab Douglas, a very experienced goalkeeper, to thank for getting them to a replay. I think when you come up against a keeper who is in such fine form you know it would be a special goal to beat him.
“I didn’t think there was a lot between the teams considering we are a league apart. And considering we played them very early in the season I’m delighted to see that the gap had been bridged.”
Queen’s are without any injury worries for the trip to Forfar on Saturday and MacPherson knows if his players put in the same performance they did in the previous tie, the Spiders should qualify for the next stage of the competition.
“If I compare it to when we played Forfar in August to how we played against them on Saturday, you can see there is a considerable improvement from our team,” he said.
“We go away from home now. Knowing now there isn’t much between the two teams, we can go in a very confident frame of mind and, hopefully, if we play as well as we did on Saturday, we can take the chances if we create them again this week.
“We defended very very well over the piece – it took a spectacular goal to breach our defence so especially away from home you need to defend properly and give your attacking players the foundations and base to go try and win the game for us.”
Praise MacPherson was happy with Spiders’ defence