Gus wants Queen’s Park on front foot
Boss upbeat about promo chances
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