7 November 2019
Queens Park v Brechin City - Match Preview
City make the journey to the National Stadium tomorrow afternoon to take on Queens Park at Hampden.
Since winning 3-0 in the reverse fixture against City at Glebe Park in August, the Spiders had suffered a run of 7 league matches without a win prior to their convincing victory over Stenhousemuir last weekend. City meanwhile go into the game off the back of a narrow defeat against high flying Edinburgh City.
Matthew Knox wasn't risked last weekend after picking up a slight groin strain whilst warming up before the match against Edinburgh City. He trained yesterday evening with no ill effects so Mark Wilson should have a full compliment to choose from for tomorrow's match.
Looking back to the match against Edinburgh City last weekend, Mark Wilson said "I think the boys did a lot of the things that we asked of them, especially in the first half. When you come against a side with good players and are flying high, you can get frustrated when they have more possession. The goal they scored was top notch and although we could have maybe closed him down better, there isn't much you can do about that kind of quality. We had a couple of good counter attacks, one of which where McLaughlin put in a great cross to the back post that we should have scored.
"I was pleased with the reaction after half time where we pressed them a little higher and I think we got our reward with Emile coming on and scoring. It was just disappointing that we switched off so quickly after the goal and it's these lessons that we need to start learning from. I was happy with the way we kept going and plugging away - we are just needing some of the breaks and I'm sure they will come if we keep applying ourselves."
Speaking on the goal from Paul McManus which was adjudged to be offside, Mark added, "Funnily enough at the time I was the only one in the dugout that thought it was offside but after looking at the footage a couple of times, it was incredibly tight and I think he may have been onside. That's the kind of breaks that you hope to get in your favour but it wasn't to be."
Emile Ngoy bagged a double after coming on as a substitute and Mark was pleased with the impact he made, "He scored a very good goal in my first game against Cove and was a real handful against Stenhousemuir in the following game. He has been carrying an injury since then so hasn't seen much action but he's back to fitness now. He came on and gave us something - he was lively and showed what a threat he is in the air. He's certainly done himself no harm in terms of earning a starting place this week."
Looking ahead to the game tomorrow, Mark said, "It's a big pitch at Hampden but we've got plenty players who have the legs and energy to cover the ground that's required. Queens Park had a good result at Stenhousemuir last weekend and having watched the footage I was impressed with their attitude. After a poor run they've obviously had a real shot in the arm so we've got to be aware of that. In this league if you match teams in terms of energy and enthusiasm, you're half way there and I believe we have the quality to hurt them."
Taking charge of the game tomorrow is Graham Grainger. He will be assisted by Jordan Stokoe and George King.
Admission prices for Hampden is as follows:
- Adult £15
- Concession £5 (Over 65, U16, Students & Unemployed)
Brechin City 0-3 Queens Park - 17 August 2019
The Spiders strolled to a comfortable win at Glebe Park earlier in the season in what proved to be Barry Smith's final game in charge of City. First half goals from Kieran Moore and David Galt set Mark Roberts' side on their way with on-loan Hibernian midfielder Tommy Block rounding off the scoring eight minutes from time.