Queen’s have final five crucial games
MacPherson seeks win in hard run-in
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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