Ham­p­den side match Loons all the way to re­play

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

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.”

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