Gus gutted by defeat in cup
Now MacPherson focuses on race for play-offs
Queen’s Park boss Gus MacPherson was gutted following his side’s thirdround Scottish Cup replay defeat to Forfar Athletic.
Danny Denholm inspired the Loons to their first win in ten games after setting up both their goals either side of half-time in a 2-1 win.
Forfar manager Dick Campbell believed his side “got a bit of luck to get through”and MacPherson was sure the opposition gaffer meant every word.
The Spiders missed out on a fourthround game with either Wick Academy or Linlithgow Rose but the manager is confident his side can bounce back.
MacPherson said: “Ultimately it was a tough game and when you lose it’s obviously disappointing.
“I thought we were the better team over the course of the two games but you need a wee rub of the green in the Scottish Cup and we didn’t get that.
“We just need to take it on the chin and move on.
“They gave a good account of themselves and the feeling from the players is a bit of frustration.
“I was gutted and it was certainly frustrating for everyone. It was a quiet dressing room after the game but we said to the players that they had done well.
“We had two or three chances in the first half and Forfar scored right on the stroke of half-time. It didn’t change much because we were still needing a goal.
“There were positives that we could take into the league games.I didn’t see a great deal between the two teams but we didn’t take our chances.”
MacPherson said that one positive of going out of the cup is the chance to focus on Queen’s league form.
He added: “I hope we can start pushing for a play-off position, which has been our aim from day one. In the cups we always look to do our best.
“We’ll look to bounce back. We did that when we lost to Peterhead in the Petrofac semi-final and went on to win against Montrose and Stirling Albion.
“We’ve been delighted with the way we’ve played this season, with both games in the Scottish and getting to the semi-final of the Petrofac Cup. We’ve won seven or eight games in the league.
“If you speak to any manager at any level of football they’d say they wished they had more points on the table.”
The Spiders’ 22-year-old centre back Scott Gibson played his 50th game for Queen’s on Saturday.
His manager was more than pleased with his performances this season.
“Scott has done extremely well. He’s worked hard and done well in the team,” he said. He is still developing but is a good example for the young players at Queen’s Park. He’s got a fantastic attitude and I’m delighted for him to reach that milestone. I’m sure there will be more to come.”
Queen’s were away to east Fife last night after the Reformer went to press and face Arbroath at home on Saturday.
they seemed keen to set the record straight.
Five minutes into the second half the visitors were back on terms. McKernon burst forward from midfield and let fly from 20 yards. His low screamer looked certain to have found the net anyway but a small deflection from Travis ensured Douglas could not get anywhere near it and the scores were level at 1-1.
The more the game went on, the more tension crept in but Denholm was in the mood to settle the game without any need for extra time and he laid on what proved to be the winner with 13 minutes left.
He used his pace to get away on the right and his cross was bundled into the net by Templeman, despite angry protests from Queen’s who thought the striker was offside when he applied the final touch. Deep into injury time Galt had what proved to be the last effort of the match for Queen’s but could not keep his shot down and as the ball sailed over the bar Queen’s cup dream came to an end. Half a century Scott Gibson made his 50th appearance for Queen’s Park