Spi­ders tar­get top-four fin­ish

Back-to-back pro­mo­tions for Mac’s men?

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Gus MacPher­son in­sists Queen’s Park will give it their all in the quest for back-to-back pro­mo­tions af­ter putting to bed any lin­ger­ing fears of rel­e­ga­tion.

Su­per Spi­ders need just a point to en­sure third-tier foot­ball next sea­son af­ter goals from his son Ewan and David Galt sank Al­bion Rovers at Ham­p­den on Satur­day.

An ex­tremely un­likely se­quence of re­sults is re­quired for Queen’s – un­beaten in eight games – to end up in ninth place and the League One play-offs.

But it is fair to say that fin­ish­ing at the wrong end of the ta­ble is not on the minds of gaffer MacPher­son and his play­ers who sit pretty in third ahead of this Satur­day’s trip to cham­pi­ons Liv­ingston.

In­deed, Spi­ders fans prob­a­bly spent much of their Easter Satur­day evening star­ing at the league ta­ble; de­lighted and dumb­founded at how high the team have climbed.

MacPher­son was keep­ing his feet on the ground, though. There may only be three games re­main­ing but there is a long way to go if his side – who started the cam­paign as favourites for the drop – are to take part in the Cham­pi­onship play-offs.

He said: “This is a mas­sive three points and our run speaks vol­umes of the whole squad and ev­ery­body has played their part in it.

“There is a belief that we are do­ing a lot of good things as a group.

“We have a few peo­ple who have been at the club a long, long time who are get­ting ex­cited. But an old dog like my­self isn’t look­ing at it too much.

“It’s a phe­nom­e­nal achieve­ment al­ready to stay in this di­vi­sion.

“We will just give it our best and see where it takes us.

“The run we’re on shows what can be achieved just through hard work with a lit­tle bit of qual­ity.

“It is well doc­u­mented what the play­ers sac­ri­fice to play for the club but you wouldn’t know it.

“The play­ers have a job to do. It’s ba­sic stuff and we do not com­pli­cate it. Their work ethic is phe­nom­e­nal.”

On this week­end’s visit to the Tony Mac­a­roni Arena, he added: “Liv­ingston are worthy cham­pi­ons by a con­sid­er­able dis­tance. They have got good play­ers and a strong squad.”

MacPher­son jnr opened the scor­ing in the 41st minute when he slot­ted home af­ter pounc­ing on de­fender Ross Gil­mour’s dither­ing in the box.

The lead was dou­bled within 15 sec­onds of the restart af­ter Galt’s 25-yard ef­fort crashed in off the un­der­side of the bar.

“I think we de­served to win in the end,” said the goalscor­ing mid­fielder. “The op­por­tu­nity is there for us. But we won’t be look­ing ahead and think­ing about play-offs and pro­mo­tion.”

Play­off hopes Ewan MacPher­son scored Queen’s sec­ond of the game

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