Queen’s have fi­nal five cru­cial games

MacPher­son seeks win in hard run-in

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Queen’s Park v Stir­ling Al­bion 3pm ko

Gus MacPher­son this week in­sisted Satur­day’s clash with Stir­ling Al­bion is not a must­win for Queen’s Park - but it will be for the visi­tors.

The Spi­ders dropped out of the play­off places fol­low­ing last week­end’s draw to East Fife.

But now Queen’s boss MacPher­son is fo­cus­ing on Satur­day’s home game with promo-chas­ing Al­bion, who are still in the mix af­ter their 3-0 win in the Stir­ling­shire derby.

The gaffer be­lieves his side still have a shot at the league two ti­tle, de­spite ad­mit­ting they have the hard­est runin out of all the teams com­pet­ing for the top prize.

He said: “We can still safely say there are six teams who are com­pet­ing for the ti­tle or play-off places. That in­cludes Stir­ling, who we play on Satur­day. They need to win.

“It’s a cru­cial game and we need to get the same type of per­for­mance as we had against Ar­broath. It’s not a must-win but we need to max­imise our home games.

“Ev­ery sin­gle one of the fi­nal five games is cru­cial.

“It’s like that old say­ing of tak­ing ev­ery game as it comes but we need to fo­cus on our own busi­ness.

“Stir­ling had a freak­ish re­sult against East Fife, where they lost 6-0, but they are a good team. They play good football and we nar­rowly won 1-0 at Ham­p­den last time so it will be an ex­cit­ing game on Satur­day.

“We’ve been com­pet­ing for the ti­tle since Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber and that’s all down to the ef­forts of the play­ers and staff.

“We’ve got the hard­est run-in go­ing into the last few matches, with only two of them at home.”

Re­flect­ing on his side’s draw with East Fife, MacPher­son was dis­ap­pointed his team were de­nied a cru­cial penalty by Craig Charleston.

The ref­eree re­fused to award Queen’s a sec­ond-half spot-kick af­ter Christo­pher Dug­gan fell un­der the chal­lenge of Jonathan Page.

MacPher­son said: “I still haven’t had a chance to look at it back.

“At the time I thought there was con­tact and Chris Dug­gan thought it was a penalty as well.

“The ref­eree seemed to make a move­ment as though he was go­ing to give it but he was over­ruled by his lines­man.

“Con­sid­er­ing we lost such an early goal, we did well to come back into the game and we got stronger as it went on.

“It was im­por­tant not to lose so that East Fife didn’t ex­tend the gap to nine points.

“We played well in the sec­ond half and could have won it.

“We were up against a team that has won 10 of their last 14 games so it was a good point for us.

“They are the league lead­ers but a draw was prob­a­bly a fair re­sult. Both teams stretched the game by try­ing to win it in the sec­ond half.”

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