Everything to play for says QP gaffer
MacPherson wants same tempo
Queen’s v Berwick, March 5, 3pm
Queen’s Park manager Gus MacPherson insisted there were no meaningless games in league two as every team has something to play for.
The Spiders gaffer was speaking ahead of his side’s tie against Berwick Rangers at Hampden on Saturday.
Queen’s have failed to beat the Wee Gers this season but will take confidence after knocking East Fife off top spot in the league after a 3-0 win last weekend.
Paul Woods and Chris Duggan scored in stoppage time after John Carter had given the Spiders the lead in the 55th minute to keep Queen’s in a play-off spot.
After ending the Fifers seven-game unbeaten run, MacPherson told the Reformer: “We deserved to win it. We played well after the opening period and competed really well. I think it was evenly matched, there wasn’t a lot between the two teams.
“We dominated the second half and we got the goal early. We got two late goals but I don’t think anybody could say we didn’t deserve to win the game.
“It doesn’t matter who you play in this league, if your standards drop and you don’t play near your best and the opposition do play near to their best, you can lose the game. Every game is very tightly contested and it’s a challenge for the players. I think they have responded to that challenge by winning at Arbroath and drawing at Berwick. They were two very tough away games and they did well to come back to a big playing surface at Hampden and physically match East Fife, who are a fit and strong opposition.
“Our two top goal scorers, Paul Woods and John Carter, both scored and we’ve played a lot of good football this year and not scored the goals that our play has merited.
“You want to have those options and competition for places.”
Queen’s have taken just one point from their games against Berwick this season which came last week in their 1-1 draw at Shielfield Park.
MacPherson added: “There is no meaningless games in league two. Berwick have opened up a little gap on East Stirling in recent weeks so they’ll be hoping to put more points on the board.
“We lost the last time they were at Hampden. We had a very even match down at Berwick last Tuesday so we know we have to play well and have to play with the same tempo and competitive edge that we’ve had for the majority of the season.
“We are going into the final quarter of the season and everybody knows, at this stage of the season, that getting the wins makes a massive difference.”
Top scorers John Carter celebrates his goal with Paul Woods.