Gus wants Queen’s Park on front foot

Boss up­beat about promo chances

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Queen’s Park v Clyde Ham­p­den Park, 3pm

Queen’s Park gaffer Gus MacPher­son wants his side to be on the front foot come 3pm on Satur­day as they take on an ex­pe­ri­enced Clyde team in the bat­tle for pro­mo­tion.

Barry Fer­gu­son’s men will travel to Ham­p­den Park know­ing a win will se­cure their place in the play-offs as the penul­ti­mate round of fix­tures take place this week­end.

The Spi­ders, who will be with­out the in­jured Jamie McKer­non, have been en­cour­aged by the dis­plays of Con­nor McVey and 17-year-old Liam Brown who scored in Satur­day’s 1-1 draw at El­gin. And MacPher­son is con­fi­dent his team can get a re­sult: “It will be a very dif­fi­cult game. Clyde have picked up a point against the cham­pi­ons and they’ll come to Ham­p­den know­ing that a win will guar­an­tee them a play-off po­si­tion.

“I think Clyde have been on a de­cent run mainly be­cause of the strength and ex­pe­ri­ence they have within their group.

“But we’ll go into it in a very con­fi­dent frame of mind with the way we are play­ing at the mo­ment.

“Liam Brown has came into the squad in the last cou­ple of months and played a sig­nif­i­cant part in games as we saw on Satur­day with his goal.

“Even in the short spell he’s been in train­ing he has been con­fi­dent and tech­ni­cally very good and hope­fully it gives him the re­as­sur­ance that he’s fit­ting in well. I think with a young player you al­ways hope they can do that quickly and he’s cer­tainly done that.”

If An­nan Ath­letic and El­gin man­age to win their games this week­end, a de­feat for Queen’s Park could spell the end of their pro­mo­tion dream.

MacPher­son, how­ever, waved away any neg­a­tiv­ity. “I don’t think we even con­sider a loss,” he told the Re­former.

“We have to be pos­i­tive and we’ve got to make sure that we are on the front foot and ask­ing ques­tions of Clyde.

“We will con­tinue to play the way we do in terms of try­ing to pass the ball and be pro­duc­tive.

“We also need to make sure we deal with Clyde as the ma­jor­ity of their group have played at a higher level so we’ve got to make sure we are con­cen­trat­ing.”

The gaffer was pleased with the per­for­mance at El­gin which saw Queen’s lift them­selves to third.

MacPher­son added: “We didn’t start the game par­tic­u­larly well but I think when we went a goal down we re­acted in a very good, pos­i­tive man­ner and played some good stuff and I think we should have prob­a­bly went in at half­time in front.

“Over the 90 min­utes a draw was a fair re­sult. To take a point back down the road is some­thing I hope we can build on.”

Young spi­der Liam Brown scored for Queen’s Park at Bor­ough Briggs

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