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    Allan Maitland Queen's Park Preview 

    Saturday, November 22, 2008 4:26:06 AM

    I'd like to extend a warm welcome to the "Recs" today to Gardner Spiers
    along with the coaches, players, directors and of course the supporters
    of Queens Park Football Club who will be keen to rediscover the form
    they showed earlier in the season when they were picking up points on a
    regular basis. Unfortunately with our poor away form we have been unable
    to string any decent run of results together ourselves although our
    point at Stranraer last Saturday finally ended our record of being the
    only Scottish side to fail to win as much as a point away from home.
    The fact that we were one nil down at half time at Stranraer despite
    dominating the game and creating five great chances would previously
    have resulted in another defeat but the players have gained some much
    needed confidence with recent victories and showed great spirit in the
    second half scoring twice through Andy Scott and Dougie Hill. Losing a
    late goal was disappointing but the draw was a significant improvement
    and sets us up nicely for today's game as we try to avenge our defeat at
    Hampden in the first quarter. I was delighted to finally win a derby
    match with Alloa when we defeated Stirling 4 - 3 in an exciting game two
    weeks ago. Our display for the first 80 minutes or so was probably the
    best we've played this season and it looked likely that we would
    increase our three goal lead with the ball constantly flashing across
    the Stirling six yard box. However a lucky deflecion and a well worked
    goal gave the game a different complection and Stirling could have
    nicked a draw at the end with a John O'Neill shot that went narrowly
    wide - the final scoreline flattered our opponents but served as a
    reminder that we still have a lot of work to do to reach the levels I
    expect from this group of players. It was a great game and I couldn't
    have been more pleased with our victory or with our attacking display.
    With 3 very difficult away games at Raith Rovers, East Fife and Ayr
    United coming up, I believe it's vital that we pick up points today and
    to do that we need to continue our recent scoring run. A large part of
    that improvement has been the form of Andy Scott and Kyle MacAulay who
    have played really well over the last four weeks and proved a constant threat
    in front of goal. The return today of Dougie Wilson, John Grant and Andy
    Ferguson will give the squad a much stronger look although the younger
    players who have come in have all been excellent and shown a tremendous
    and infectious enthusiasm.
    With Adam Coakley coming back to the "Recs" today for the first time as
    an opponent I'd like to remind everyone of how well he did during his
    spell with the club last season. Our record of winning and drawing
    matches when he played was outstanding and he was a major factor in our
    success last season in reaching the play off's. My abiding memory of
    Adam playing here was the fantastic goal he scored in the first match
    against Clyde when he cut in from the left and unleashed an unstoppable
    shot into the far corner, a truly superb goal. I hope our supporters
    remember this and give him the respect he deserves as an ex player who
    always gave his all for the club.
    Finally a mention must go to the hardy souls who travelled to Stranraer
    last Saturday on a cold day to give the players their support despite
    our dreadful away form this season. We fully appreciate how much of a
    sacrifice you guys and ladies make and hope that before the season ends
    we can give you one of these away days when you can say with pride -
    "what a game and I was there".
    Thank you for all your support.

    Allan Maitland - Team Manager
     



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