Brechin City Football Club

Glebe Park, Brechin, Angus DD9 6BJ

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News - 19 November 2020

Match Preview | Queen's Park v Brechin City - By Steven Mew

Attention turns back to League 2 tomorrow afternoon as City make the difficult trip to face full-timers Queen's Park in a top v bottom clash at Hampden Park.

City will be up against a Queen's Park side that have recently turned professional after the Glasgow side voted to end their 152-year status as an amateur club last November. They are currently managed by former City boss Ray McKinnon who has invested heavily in a playing squad which will be widely expected to gain promotion to League 1 come May.

TEAM NEWS
After receiving a red card in the last league outing against Stirling Albion, central defender Gregor Jordan will be suspended for the trip to Hampden.

Sean McIntosh is likely to miss out again with a hip injury which kept him out of last weekend's match against Kelty Hearts. Jonathan Page is currently being assessed after pulling up with an oblique strain at training on Monday whilst Rory Currie is struggling with an ankle knock.

The game will likely come too soon for Scott Cusick who is close to a return to training and Connor Coupe continues to make good progress following his knee injury in pre-season.

MANAGERS COMMENTS
Reflecting on the match against Kelty Hearts last weekend, Player/Manager Michael Paton said, "I felt we didn't do too badly last week, I thought we frustrated them for most of the game. At times we were probably a little too deep and Jimmy (Scott) was a bit isolated but overall I felt the two goals were avoidable watching them back. After they scored their first goal I was quite happy with the reaction - we went on and created a few chances ourselves but we need to take more care of the ball in the final third."

City had a glorious opportunity to level with game with quarter of an hour remaining when Jimmy Scott was played in on goal. Michael said, "I thought that Jimmy could have taken the shot on himself but he felt that Matty Todd was in a better position to tap in. Watching it again, I think Jimmy does the right thing but Matty is just a wee bit ahead of the ball and perhaps anticipated Jimmy hitting the shot and being there for the rebound. It was a great chance for us and goals change games, if we managed to convert we'd have been right back in it and who knows how it could have ended. It's another defeat but slowly but surely there are improvements there."

New signing Ewan McLevy made his debut last weekend an put in an assured performance. Michael commented, "Ewan has been in training with us for the last 2-3 weeks and I was able to see him play in a bounce match against Rangers. It was a real tester for him and I was pleased with his performance there. He's a good steady right back, he's got good energy to get up and down the flank to support play. He brings a lot of composure when he's on the ball and great positional sense. I think he can add a lot to the team, help us improve and get us to where we want to be. He's maybe lacking a bit of match fitness at the moment but that will come with game time."

Looking ahead to a tough trip to face Queens Park at Hampden tomorrow, he said, "It'll be a tough test but it's also a game for the boys to go out and enjoy. Not many players or teams can go out and play in the national stadium. This game will let us know where we are at performance and energy wise. It's a benchmark for us to see how we get on against a full time side and the quality of players that they've brought in."

MATCH OFFICIALS
Tomorrow's match referee is Chris Graham. He will be assisted by Chris Rae and Brent Falconer.

LIVE MATCH STREAM
Queen's Park FC will be providing a live stream of the match tomorrow afternoon, with pay-per-view access priced at £10. To register and subscribe for the game, visit QPTV LIVE.

PREVIOUS MEETING
Brechin City 0-0 Queen's Park - 26th February 2020
City recorded back to back clean sheets for the only time last season following a goalless draw in a re-scheduled league fixture against the Spiders in February. Mark Wilson's side were desperately seeking a win to pull themselves away from danger at the bottom of the table but were left lamenting the lack of a cutting edge in front of goal.