Gus de­lighted with cru­cial three points

Queen’s Park back in play-off spots

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Mur­ray Spooner Queen’s Park’s im­pres­sive away form con­tin­ued on Satur­day which de­lighted their man­ager Gus MacPher­son.

The Spi­ders dom­i­nated the match to claim a “cru­cial” three points and a 3-0 win against East Stir­ling.

Hav­ing lost only three away games all sea­son, MacPher­son will be pleased that two of his side’s re­main­ing three games are not at Ham­p­den Park.

The gaffer told the Re­former: “We were de­lighted. We were away from home and it was against East Stir­ling who are sit­ting in bot­tom place but they had beaten us twice al­ready this sea­son.

“It was cer­tainly a game the play­ers were fo­cussed on to get three points be­cause they couldn’t be com­pla­cent. They got the job done very ef­fec­tively.

“I think it’s pretty clear that teams come to Ham­p­den just to frus­trate us and sit in a de­fen­sive sys­tem or for­ma­tion and ob­vi­ously the onus is on us to break them down.

“Away from home there is a lot more space and there are more gaps to ex­ploit. We don’t change our game that much be­tween home and away but I think be­cause teams are at­tack­ing us more we get a lit­tle more time and space to cause them prob­lems rather than just com­ing up against a de­fen­sive unit.

“I think ev­ery game now is as tough as it gets. It was cru­cial that we got the three points against East Stir­ling.

“We slipped up against Stir­ling Al­bion at home and didn’t take our chances there but that just made it even more im­por­tant that we got the win on Satur­day.”

Jamie McKer­non opened the scor­ing against the league two strug­glers with a penalty af­ter Ross Fisher had fouled Paul Woods in the box.

Vin­cent Berry made it 2-0 from David Galt’s cross and Woods fired in the third just be­fore half-time to seal the win and keep the Ham­p­den Park out­fit in the hunt for pro­mo­tion.

MacPher­son’s men now travel north to face fel­low promo-hope­fuls El­gin City and the out­come could have a ma­jor ef­fect on ei­ther of the team’s sea­son.

He added: “We had one or two prob­lems on Satur­day. Joe Bradley had to come off at half-time and Jamie McKer­non had to come off mid-way through the sec­ond half so it gave a cou­ple of younger ones like Con­nor McVey and Liam Brown a run out as well. Jamie is out for the rest of the sea­son with a metatarsal in­jury but we’ll need to see how Bradley re­cov­ers dur­ing the week.

“The next three games are go­ing to be key. El­gin have an in­cred­i­ble home record and we’ve drawn a cou­ple of times when we’ve went up there in re­cent sea­sons and com­peted pretty well against them. We will have to play well and com­pete strongly if we are to take any­thing from the game.”

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