Alloa Athletic v Dumbarton

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In the Ladbrokes Championship Play-Off Final 1st Leg played at The Indodrill Stadium on Wednesday night, “The Wasps” were frustrated and disappointed with the result, going down 1-0 to a spectacular winner which gave the visitors, Dumbarton, something to hang onto which the defended for their life.

Alloa had started the game on top and were creating problems for the Dumbarton defence, before against the run of play they scored a goal worthy of winning any game. Alloa kept up the pressure and Jordan Kirkpatrick was hugely unfortunate to see his effort come back off the far post. Worse was to follow for Jordan just after the half hour he had to go off with a back injury.
Dumbarton sat deep and invited “The Wasps” to break them down giving jim Goodwin’s team a lot of possession but finding it difficult to find that cutting edge.
“The Wasps” continued to look for the equalising goal which their play more than merited but although getting success on the right side of the park from the wide areas, the Dumbarton defence were lapping up the high balls into the area.
Callum Smith looked a threat and must of thought on more than one occasion he was going to score but last ditch tackling and defending was to deny Alloa a goal.
It was to be a night of frustration for “The Wasps” watching the team give everything and playing the better football but on the night we just couldn’t break them down and got no breaks in front of goal.
Dumbarton will be confident having secured a 1-0 victory in the first Leg, but this tie is far from over and on the day “The Wasps” are capable of beating any team. First goal on Sunday will be vital and if the Wasps can secure the opening goal it certainly will be “Game On”.


jim goodwin after 1st leg advantage goes to dumbarton

Frustrated with the result tonight, would be the best word to sum up my feelings after the match, the boys did everything that we has asked of them, to go and play football, play the ball out from the back, play through the different thirds of the pitch we did all that and in the opening five minutes we were camped in the Dumbarton half and they get a breakaway and their first shot of the game goes in the top corner, so it was hard to take at the time but the reaction of the players was excellent. They kept on doing the right things, they never panicked and were very patient in the build up, we just couldn’t break them down, and that was the most frustrating thing about it.

Dumbarton are very good at being compact, sitting deep and defending the box well and I thought they done that well, it is difficult we just need to keep going and “Keep Believing” that we can get back in the game, we will go to Dumbarton with the same mindset that we will still try to play football the way we think it should be played and hopefully get a break of the ball in the box because we had some good opportunities tonight – Jordan Kirkpatrick forced their keeper to make a great save in the first half when he tips to ball onto the post and later Callum Smith  had two or three good opportunities, one on one chances where I have to give credit to Craig Barr who slipped back in and got a very good block and then the second one the keeper makes a good save so on another night we would have scored at least one goal but unfortunately tonight we couldn’t quite do that.

At the goal the TV evidence suggests the ball went out of play but I was right there and it was an obvious decision in my opinion, I’m not one for publically disagreeing with referees but it is difficult when you have the fourth official standing in the same position as me, in fairness to the linesman, I think “Flanny” is in the way of the ball but it was clearly out of play and its one of these ones if you are unsure you go the way of the defender but six or seven seconds after that the ball drops to Stuart Carswell who was an ex teammate of mine, I know I will not hear the end of that one, but I think he has two shots in his whole career and has two goals, so it’s incredible  it was a hell of a strike but that’s how football goes – sometimes you are better being lucky that good.

Tonight I just wanted the lads to go out and play the way they had all season, I would like to see the possession stats and shots on goal, I can’t remember Neil Parry having much to do and I think their goalkeeper was the busier of the two keepers, I think we dominated possession of the ball I think in was 70/30 or something, the only thing that was missing was a goal. We will go away analysis the game again but I don’t expect anything different from Dumbarton, they get an early goal, sit in and grind out results, fair play to them they are good at it but I would rather my team go about business in the way we did and try and play football in the correct manner and hopefully we can get a goal on Sunday then Dumbarton will need to come out to try and win the game but at the moment I expect them to have a similar game plan to what they had tonight for the last eighty minutes of the game.