Race to be fit

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Gardner Speirs faces an anxious wait to see if one of his most influential players will be fit for the play-offs.

Central midfielder David Anderson has been at the heart of everything good about Queen’s Park’s play this season, but pulled his hamstring in the weekend’s 3-2 victory at Stranraer.

He now has ten days to recover in time for the first leg of the play-offs, which is also against the Stair Park side.

Speirs said: “It’s a wee bit early [to tell].

“He’s got ice on his hamstring — we’ll see how he is over the next few days. You certainly miss the composure and the confidence on the ball that Davey has.

“Having said that, Paul Gallacher came in and did well.”

An impressive away display from the Spiders was capped by a Jamie Longworth brace and a Tony Quinn strike.

Speirs said: “We had some smashing performances all round today and the goals were particularly good.

“I keep saying it but we don’t score scrappy goals!

“We moved the ball side to side and got in really well.

“We had some decent crosses that we didn’t get goals from too.

“When we passed the ball and moved in the first half I thought we were excellent.

“In the second half we didn’t do anything like the same and found ourselves under a wee bit of pressure from Stranraer.

“But when we did show a bit of composure and get the ball down and pass it, we looked good again, so the lesson must be there for us.

“We’re proud of the guys. Since it became clear that we couldn’t win the league then the target was second place — but the real hard work has still to come.”

Indeed, Speirs will be looking to further his 2011/12 record of four wins out of four against Stranraer when the two teams meet home and away in the play-off semi-finals in May.

Speirs said: “I’m sure come the play-offs every team that’s in them, from whatever division, will be fired up and desperate to do well.

“But I’m pleased that we seem to be going into them in a bit of good form and with the confidence high.

“I think the important thing from our guys’ point of view is we know we can win games at home and win games away from home, we’ve done that all season.

“It’ll be a difficult game, two difficult games for both teams.”