Gus delighted with crucial three points
Queen’s Park back in play-off spots
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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