Goal-shy Spi­ders barely threaten

Poor dis­play in Coat­bridge by Queen’s

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Queen’s Park pro­duced a poor per­for­mance as they slumped to a fourth straight league de­feat on Satur­day.

A goal in each half from Steven Boyd and Ryan Wal­lace earned Albion Rovers all three points at the Exsel Group Sta­dium.

The Spi­ders rarely threat­ened which will be of huge con­cern to boss Gus MacPher­son, whose side have scored just one goal in their last four out­ings.

This run of form will also be on the minds of Queen’s Park’s com­mit­tee.

But they have ad­di­tional wor­ries, if yes­ter­day’s re­ports are to be be­lieved, with MacPher­son on the short­list to re­place Alex Rae as St Mir­ren’s new man­ager.

MacPher­son – who was in charge of the Bud­dies for six-and-a-half years – is said to be in the run­ning along­side Al­loa Ath­letic boss Jack Ross, for­mer Dundee United gaffer Mixu Paate­lainen and ex-Saints mid­fielder Jamie Fullar­ton.

St Mir­ren are bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship af­ter tak­ing just four points from a pos­si­ble 24 and well off the pace when it comes to tar­get­ing a top-four fin­ish.

MacPher­son’s qual­i­ties, it would ap­pear, are ex­actly what a strug­gling club should be look­ing for – the Bud­dies board know they can­not af­ford to get this ap­point­ment wrong.

Spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing the fu­ture of MacPher­son can­not be used as an ex­cuse for a list­less dis­play in Coat­bridge with Rovers de­serv­ing of their vic­tory.

In truth, this match was not much of a game to write home about with few goalscor­ing chances, al­though the two sides en­joyed long spells of dom­i­na­tion both in terms of pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory.

Rovers bossed the open­ing stanza and took the lead in the 31st minute.

It was a lovely goal. Paul Wil­lis fired in a cross from the right-hand side with Boyd tak­ing a ter­rific first touch to cre­ate time and space for him to whack the ball past keeper Wil­lie Muir with his sec­ond.

The Spi­ders were on top af­ter the in­ter­val but lacked a cut­ting edge in the fi­nal third.

That said, they could have snatched a point as time ran out. Craig McLeish crossed to Dario Zanatta but his ef­fort was tipped over the bar by Ross M Ste­wart.

In in­jury-time, Wal­lace wrapped it all up for Rovers with a cool fin­ish.

Queen’s Park will aim to bounce back, with MacPher­son at the helm, in the fourth round of the IRN-BRU Cup at Dun­fermline Ath­letic this Satur­day.

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