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We're off to Hampden~den~en~n

 

 

It's a trip to a less than full Hampden Park for us in the next stage of the relegation battle after we dodged a bullet last week against Arbroath. Goal difference wise we are the best placed of the bottom four clubs. Our defence is also better than the other bottom four, in fact we are second equal defensively in the Championship, however what has let us down is scoring goals and in that department we are second worst in the league, only two goals better off than relegation certainties Arbroath. We did put four goals past Queens Park last time we were there. Unfortunately that was followed by three defeats and two draws in our next five games and we lost at Inverness when the Queens visited back at the beginning of February. The only certainty here is that the Hampden Park crowd record of 149,415 from 1937 won't be broken.

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Match/Ticket/Travel Info

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Venue H2H v QP Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
Home 14 4 5 5 16 17 -1
Away 9 6 0 3 19 13 +6
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 23 10 5 8 35 30 +5

Only the last eight games since Queens Park came up into the Championship and QP are streets ahead of us since then. The 3 - 0 win was a League Cup encounter 14 years ago courtesy of these guys with goals from Lee Cox (20), Eric Odhiambo (55), Ross Tokely (58) Ryan Esson; Ross Tokely, Grant Munro, Stuart Golabek, Kevin McCann, Russell Duncan, Lee Cox, Nick Ross, Gil Blumenshtein, Adam Rooney, Dani Sanchez. Subs: Jonny Tuffey; Chris Innes, Roy McBain, Eric Odhiambo, Shane Sutherland

Full report on that one came from hislopsoffsideagain (click on the 3-0 scoreline above)

Last 8 Competitive Meetings since QP came up.
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Hampden Success:  4 - 1  Danny Devine had recovered from the knock that saw him limp off against Raith Rovers on the hour last week. Sean Welsh and Luis Longstaff were on the bench. Grant Savoury, Charlie Fox and Craig Napier missed out for the Spiders. Jack Turner put Queens Park ahead early in the first half before Max Anderson levelled the match ten minutes later. Jack Thomson hit the bar, Mckay deemed offside when putting a loose ball into the net after Wotherspoon's header was saved and that prompted some words of comfort for the referee for which Big Dunc eventually ended up in the stands at the break. After the interval Inverness eased themselves up into sixth place in the league with goals from Nikola Ujdur, his first for the club, David Wotherspoon and a Billy Mckay penalty. (For Full report click on 4-1 scoreline above)

Last Time Out

Inverness made hard work of taking the points from all but relegated Arbroath. We dominated the first half and but for some brilliant saves from Max Boruc we could have gone in three or four goals to the good at the break. As it was Wallace Duffy scored on half time and that should have given us something to build on against a poor Arbroath who were simply going through the motions. As per usual, we failed to take full advantage of the numerous opportunities and paid the price when Leighton McIntosh hammered home a wind assisted shot from the edge of the box. We huffed and puffed somewhat thereafter before the energetic MotM Alex Samuel turned and thrashed in the winner from fifteen yards for a belter of a goal. It was a crucial strike that has all but relegated Arbroath and it keeps our hopes alive of avoiding the play-offs. Last Five: 

Queens Park had a day to forget last weekend at Hampden as Champions in waiting Dundee United put five past them. It didn't look likely after the first half when they trailed by a single goal from Fotheringham on the stroke of half-time. However four goals in a fifteen minute spell from Moult, Graham, Fotheringham again, and Sibbald put Queen's back in trouble and United on track for the Premiership. Last Five: D

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
Table ahead of Morton v Dundee United on Friday night.
1. Dundee Utd 32 19 8 5 64 21 65
2. Raith Rovers 32 18 7 7 52 42 61
3. Partick Thistle 32 13 11 8 58 50 50
4. Airdrieonians 32 14 6 12 42 37 48
5. Dunfermline 32 11 9 12 38 42 42
6. Morton 32 11 8 13 39 38 41
7. Ayr United 32 11 6 15 45 57 39
8. Queens Park 32 9 9 14 43 55 36
9. Inverness CT 32 8 11 13 36 37 35
10. Arbroath 32 6 5 21 34 72 23

   

  •  FRIDAY 12TH APRIL
  •        Morton v Dundee Utd
  •       SATURDAY 13TH APRIL
  • Airdrieonians v Dunfermline 
  •   Ayr Utd v Arbroath
  • Queens Park v Inverness CT
  •   Raith Rovers v Partick Thistle

Latest Team News

Duncan Ferguson has much the same squad to select from as last week. Luis Longstaff came off the bench on Saturday after being out for a couple of months with a knee injury and will be back in the squad again for Saturday. Carragher, although he did play, and Ujdur had a bit of a bug last weekend.  However Carragher is now a doubt after feeling his hamstring. Other than that not much has changed apart from Remi Savage, who has not recovered after he got a boot in the face from Cammy Kerr. Apparently Kerr's boot is OK but Savage is suffering from minor concussion and will miss the next couple of games. Maybe that was Kerr ensuring he gets a game this weekend. 

Here's our underfire Gaffer>>>

 

Callum Davidson will be smarting after the drubbing they took last week. That's seven goals in their last two games with none scored. Word of warning though, they still have Ruari Paton who has sixteen goals this season. They also have our often broken ex-captain Sean Welsh and Cillian Sheridan who surprisingly has bagged a couple of goals since leaving us. He looked like an unfit Sunday League pub player when at the Caledonian Stadium. Dom Thomas, who scored the winner last time Queens came North, has scored eight, but he was missing last week. He does enjoy a goal against us. Could Davidson be keeping him under wraps for the six-pointer against us this weekend?

Last weeks QP flops:
Ferrie
 
Thomson   Wilson   Bannon
 
Longridge   Turner (Sheridan 53)   Welsh (Tizzard 85)  McKinstry (Carse 53)   Scott (Bruce 52)
 
Paton   McLeish (Mauchin 62)
 
Subs Not Used: Wills: Fox, Robson, Williamson

 

 

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Squeaky bum time (again) a must six pointer if ever there was one. Without a doubt this our Hampden Park Cup Final. 

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Here's how the table looks after Dundee United thrashed Morton 4-1 at Cappielow last night.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
Six-pointers at the bottom of the table today
1. Dundee Utd 33 20 8 5 68 22 68
2. Raith Rovers 32 18 7 7 52 42 61
3. Partick Thistle 32 13 11 8 58 50 50
4. Airdrieonians 32 14 6 12 42 37 48
5. Dunfermline 32 11 9 12 38 42 42
6. Morton 33 11 8 14 40 42 41
7. Ayr United 32 11 6 15 45 57 39
8. Queens Park 32 9 9 14 43 55 36
9. Inverness CT 32 8 11 13 36 37 35
10. Arbroath 32 6 5 21 34 72 23
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26 minutes ago, IMMORTAL HOWDEN ENDER said:

I can't remember the last time I felt so nervous going to a game. What should I do ?

Get some Eldorado down your neck!

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Boom!!

Cammy Harper free kick. We are 1 up.

Do we give Sheridan the assist? He handled the ball to concede the free kick. 

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A nervy last 10 looming.

MacGregor and Pepple just on for Doran and Mckay. Lawal replaced Longstaff earlier in the half. 

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Full time and a crucial three points as a result of Harper’s free kick, and we are up to 8th.

Well done to all involved.

Of our former players, Sheridan conceded the free kick we scored from and Welsh got booked. 

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Well done to the boys today.At last we got away from the dreaded 9th at last.We had been there for a long time. Now a big game on Friday.We can dream,look for a win,then hope Morton slip up and you never know we could avoid the playoffs.No doubt big games to come,but they are all big at this time of the season,especially if you are ar the wrong end of the table.

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This is the first time we’ve won two league games in a row this season.

Hopefully it’s the start of a run at the right point in the season. 

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