Gus gut­ted by de­feat in cup

Now MacPher­son fo­cuses on race for play-offs

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports Round-up - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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