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Alloa Athletic fought back after going down to ten men and Falkirk scoring from the resultant penalty to snatch a deserved equaliser and a league point with a late goal. Having had the best opportunities in the first half and been denied by visiting goalkeeper Danny Rogers, it was cruel for him to let Colin Hamilton’s shot slip through his hands for “The Wasps” equaliser. Danny Lennon’s team fought for the full ninety minutes and were determined to take something from the game, Eddie Ferns coming off the bench to be a thorn in the heart of the Falkirk defence not for the first time as was recalled in the match programme, recalling his “goal of the season” against “The Bairns” on 22nd March, 2014, which sparked an Alloa victory on that day.


 


DANNY LENNON AFTER DRAW

We have spoke over the past couple of weeks of having that belief, and I thought the boys showed that in abundance today, against a very good Falkirk team who are very much in form. I thought even at the stage when we went down to ten men and a goal down, the neutral coming to the game would have thought that was game over, but we showed that unbreakable belief and fought for absolutely everything we got, so I was absolutely delighted for our group of players who got their rewards at the end of the game for it. I was pleased with a lot of aspects in the game, especially in the first half, I thought we played a lot of good football , we hit on the break very quickly and very unfortunate that some good goalkeeping from Andy Rogers kept them in it, but to be fair they also looked dangerous as well, they had a few corners which looked dangerous, it would have been very easy when things went against us, with the sending off, which was the right decision, it was poor concentration by Jason, the boy John Baird stroke home the penalty well and at that stage it would have been easy for the heads to go down, but they didn’t and they stuck by everything we had said, we tweaked one or two things to also cause Falkirk problems and I was delighted to say that paid off for us, but it was the players who stuck by their instructions and got their reward in the final minute of the game, we had that never say die attitude today. I thought when you balance the game out over the ninety minutes it was probably the right result. What was positive today was the threat Michael Duffy was being pushed further forward which gave us a lot of energy in that final third of the pitch and we defended fantastically as a team right throughout the game. We didn’t start the second half the way we had finished the first half but you have got to give credit to Falkirk a side which is up the right end of the league table a lot of respect for that because they are a good side and they still remain undefeated this season in the league.

Having made such good saves in the first half, perhaps in the second half he didn’t have to work as hard for long periods which effects his concentration, he had very little to do in the second half to be fair , he is a good quality goalkeeper , he certainly showed that in his first half performance, you have to feel for goalkeepers when they make a mistake because more often than not it leads to a goal. No one of the twenty eight players used today would make a mistake during the game but it is always goalkeeping errors which are highlighted. Our own goalkeeper, David Crawford was claiming an assist for the goal, we will give him it, he is a players who never shy’s away and it helps his ego but he also had a couple of important saves and it was nice to see him coming and collecting balls which helped take that wee bit pressure on our defence. Eddie also showed to be a good threat when he came on, we went with a couple up top and it worked with Eddie going through and he provided a very important contribution, which lead to the corner and then lead to the equalising goal. I was also delighted for Colin Hamilton, he did everything well and struck the ball well, on target, and if you don’t buy a raffle ticket you cannot win the lottery.

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Indodrill Stadium, Alloa