Lewis Laird

Queen’s Park continued their impressive run of results with a 1-0 League Two victory against Annan Athletic.

A late first-half goal from Simon Murray secured the three points for the Spiders who made it three wins from three at their adopted home of the Falkirk Stadium, one game closer to the title.

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Murray netted. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The home side’s first chance came after a poor pass by Annan goalkeeper Brian Kinnear gave them the chance to try and punish Annan. The on-loan Rangers keeper played a short pass only as far as Louis Longridge on the left.

As Longridge ran onto the misplaced pass, he found space on the wing to cross the ball. In the middle, Salim Kouider-Aissa was waiting. He got on the end of the cross, however, all he could do was put a tame effort wide.

Four minutes from the break, Ray McKinnon’s side opened the scoring through Murray, making it two goals in two games since his return to the starting line-up. Jai Quitongo had been the Spiders’ biggest threat of the half but the one thing he was missing in the first 45 was the end product. He picked the perfect time to put a lovely cross to the back post, which was nodded across goal into the path of the on-running Murray to head home.

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McKinnon’s side got the win. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

After the break, Queen’s continued to probe to try and get that all-important second goal of the game. There was a bit of concern for McKinnon towards the end of the game with Quitongo having to be stretchered off. In the end one goal was enough to win the game and here are three things we learned.

Job Done

It may not have been the best performance you will see from Queen’s Park in their pretty much flawless campaign this season. However, especially at this stage of the season, it is all about getting over the line and securing the three points and that is exactly what McKinnon’s side did, securing the three points.

No Captain, no Problem

The Spiders may have been without captain Peter Grant this evening after his sending off against Stenhousemuir. But that did not stop them, even with five changes to the side, including two in the backline from keeping their impressive defensive displays up with another clean sheet.

Proud Annan Display

Currently, Annan sits in second bottom of League Two but it could be argued that they put up one of the better fights against this Queen’s Park side this season. If they can take those performance levels into the remaining games of this season, they could certainly push for a higher position in the table.

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