Alloa Athletic v Queen’s Park

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Late strike gave “The Wasps” full points against Queen’s Park last Saturday the club’s first competitive victory this season. The goal scored by substitute Adam Martin was worthy to win any game, a bold substitution by the manager by a player who is pushing for regular first team action, he has now made nineteen first team appearances and scored two goals for the first team against Peterhead last season and Queen’s Park last Saturday. Adam who only turned nineteen in May this year is progressing well at the club after joining the club from Rossvale Juniors, although previously on books of Dundee United. Previously capped at Under 18 schoolboy international for Scotland, he was rewarded against England gaining the “Player of the match award”

He made his First Team debut against Stenhousemuir and played against Cowdenbeath in last pre-season in July, 2016. Adam has a wide array of tricks, is quick and determined and is also a goal threat, a really exciting prospect who will look to continue his progress in first team squad this season.


 


jim goodwin after first league win

We are delighted with the win, we knew how difficult the game was going to be particularly after Queen’s were coming off the back of a 5-2 defeat last week against Albion Rovers, so I knew Gus would have them as well organised as the normally are, one thing Queen’s Park always give you is great endeavour and commitment and I thought their players did really well today. We dug in, I am delighted with the clean sheet but I think we restricted Queen’s to only a couple of shots on target which is great, Neil Parry didn’t have a great deal to do and absolutely delighted with our goal as well, young Adam he comes off the bench and that’s the type of impact you want from your substitutes and Adam has been chopping at the bit to get on the park in the last few weeks and we have tried to give him as much game time as we can and I’m really pleased he is the one who has went and won the game for us.

Adam has been training with us for the last seven or eight months and he is improving all the time, he still has a long way to go, I think it is important that young players don’t get carried away but he is one we are really excited about and any time he gets the ball at his feet, he is always trying to make something happen, we are trying to encourage him and not get on top of him when he makes mistakes, because that is going to happen with young players but his finish today, he does that three or four times a night at training, he works hard at it.

The East Fife game last weekend was very disappointing, in many ways it was similar in that there was not a great deal in the game but I thought we should have came away with at least a point, the goal we conceded and the manner we lost it was very poor. I thought today we defended very well, clean sheets are vital at this level you will always get opportunities but today in defence we were solid. We will build on it, take all the positives and look forward to what will be another difficult game next week. In this league there is not a great deal between the teams, you can see that with the results each week, we will prepare and expect another difficult game, no matter who we are playing, home or away we prepare the same each week.

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Indodrill Stadium, Alloa