Ev­ery­thing to play for says QP gaffer

MacPher­son wants same tempo

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

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.

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