Queen’s handle the pressure in derby
Spiders move step closer to play-offs
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