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    Alloa left to rue missed chances 

    Saturday, September 27, 2008 4:57:12 PM

    Today was another bad day for the club as they tried to get themselves away from the wrong end of the league table. Prior to the game at Hampden Park manager Allan Maitland lost the services of Graeme Brown, whose wife had given birth to a new baby daughter, Aryn and Kyle MacAulay, who missed the game due to influenza. However the team was in good spirit and were confident of securing the club’s first victory over Queen’s Park at Hampden Park since a 4-0 victory on 22nd March, 1997. Although the first half ended goalless, Alloa were on top but needed to convert one of their chances in front of goal. At the start of the second half Alloa began to turn the screw and were in complete dominance, Iain Campbell fired a 25 yard shot which the home keeper brilliantly tipped over the bar and minutes later he produced another fantastic double save when he pushed a Brown Ferguson piledriver on to the crossbar and managed to get the rebound to safety. The first goal in today’s match was always going to be important, but once again it was a bad decision which cost Alloa dearly. A quickly taken free kick by Alloa went badly wrong and before they could react they had been caught out by a Queen’s breakaway which ended with Paul Harkins having a rare shot on goal by the home side which gave them the lead. Queen’s took a great lift from the goal, but even after this Alloa had chances to draw level, if not win the game – Brown Ferguson went close, Francis Kelly failed in front of goal after a great cross from David McClune and Chris Townsley had another opportunity. Know one could fault the players for effort but to get ourselves out of the relegation area the players will need to start being a lot more clinical in front of goal.

    Dougie Wilson at Hampden ParkAlloa look for breakthrough at Hampden Park


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