Mar 6 2009 By Fraser Wilson
MYSTERY man Steven Odenewo looks set to keep his place as Queen's Park head to Peterhead for the latest chapter in their fight to beat the drop.
The 24-year-old - who is expected to sign for the Spiders before heading north - netted the crucial goal as the Hampden men held league leaders Ayr 1-1 at Somerset Park on Wednesday night.
And with fellow frontmen Adam Coakley and Stevie Nicholas likely to miss out on Saturday's trip, Odenewo looks a certainty to start the match.
Also keeping his place in the side will be young goalkeeper Zander Cowie after his Somerset heroics helped keep Ayr at bay on Wednesday.
Queen's manager Gardner Speirs said he hoped to have Odenewo signed by the end of Friday.
And he revealed: "Steven has been with us for five or six weeks and, to be honest, I knew nothing about him when he arrived for a trial.
"He came on the back of a recommendation and has shown up well in training. He took his goal really well when he was thrown in on Wednesday so, for someone who hasn't played for a long time, he is doing very well.
"Steven is a strong running player with a decent touch, quite pacy and good in the air. I'm sure he will add to what is already here."
Speirs was delighted with the response of his players in Wednesday's draw, which came four days after a 3-0 thumping by the same Ayr opponents.
"The performance has given everyone a lift," he said. "To go down there after three straight defeats and draw with a team fighting for the title was excellent.
"Now we have to build on that but it won't be easy against Peterhead.
"We have already played them four times this season and every match has been different. Peterhead will want to make up for the disappointment of us putting them out the Scottish Cup.
"It's much like our last game - two teams desperate for the points for two very different reasons."
Defender Jamie Brough will miss the next two matches following his sending off at Ayr.
Damiano Agostini is still sidelined with the flu while Adam Coakley and Stevie Nicholas are both likely to miss out through injury.