Queen’s han­dle the pres­sure in derby

Spi­ders move step closer to play-offs

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reader Travel - Mur­ray Spooner

Queen’s Park boss Gus MacPher­son be­lieves his side will travel to Gal­a­bank this week­end in a pos­i­tive frame of mind af­ter their cru­cial win over Clyde.

Chris Dug­gan’s first half penalty and Vin­nie Berry’s strike just af­ter the in­ter­val was enough to give Queen’s three points and move them into sec­ond place in league two.

John Gem­mell scored on the hour mark to set up a nervy end­ing to the game and Clyde did hit the wood­work twice in the clos­ing stages as Queen’s held out for the win.

The Spi­ders need to avoid a four-goal deficit to guar­an­tee their play- off spot while The Bully Wee will need to bet­ter An­nan’s re­sult this Satur­day to claim an­other.

MacPher­son told the Re­former this week that his side showed a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter to their game that had not been tested much this sea­son.

He said: “I think that re­sult was cru­cial. We knew it was go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult, tough and phys­i­cal en­counter. But you are al­ways hop­ing you can cap­i­talise on be­ing at home and I think get­ting the sec­ond goal early in the sec­ond half gave us that cush­ion that we cer­tainly needed.

“They played very well. It was two very evenly matched teams, I don’t think there was a lot in it.

“We passed the ball well and Clyde had a cou­ple of chances and we got the op­por­tu­nity from the penalty spot but to get the goal early in the sec­ond half set­tled every­body down.

“In the fi­nal 20 min­utes we had to de­fend very well and showed a dif­fer­ent side to us that has maybe not been asked of us too many times this sea­son.

“We’ve got ta­lent but I think we showed dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter. “

Com­ment­ing on his team’s trip to An­nan, MacPher­son feels Queen’s are ca­pa­ble of get­ting the job done.

“We are in a good po­si­tion but it is still very very tight,” he added.

“There is three places up for grabs with four teams play­ing for them and we are the only team that is away from home so that makes it tougher. I think at this stage of the sea­son, be­ing at home, is cru­cial but we go down there in a pos­i­tive frame of mind af­ter win­ning Satur­day’s game.

“It will be a dif­fi­cult game. They slipped up against Stir­ling Al­bion but from the re­ports we re­ceived, they were very un­lucky. They cre­ated plenty of chances and prob­a­bly should have won the game, never mind take a point from it.

“They’ll feel a lit­tle bit ag­grieved by that so they will cer­tainly be mo­ti­vated to try and win the game. A vic­tory would give them a play-off po­si­tion as well so it’s cer­tainly go­ing to make it in­ter­est­ing for both teams and we will be to­tally re­spect­ful to An­nan.”

Cush­ion Vin­nie Berry gives Queen’s Park breath­ing space

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