Falkirk v Alloa Athletic

1 - 0
Full Time

The Wasps will look back at today’s game and wonder why they didn’t take something from the match, in truth they probably played the better football on the day but Falkirk collected all three points after punishing Barry Smith’s team for trying to play football out of defence allowing Craig Sibbald to steal possession and Rory Loy’s curling shot counting as the only goal of the game. After every game it is easy to look back and think if only, the truth is Alloa were punished for casual play out of defence and not taking any of their chances on the day. Mark Docherty was first to have an effort cleared off the line, Liam Buchanan then had a direct shot at Jamie McDonald but it lacked venom, Falkirk took the lead in the 21st minute, but the home onslaught never materialised. Liam Buchanan caught Jamie McDonald in possession but the ball ran wide and his effort was cleared off the line by Peter Grant. After 37 minutes Falkirk keeper Jamie McDonald had to leave the field of play with a broken nose after an accidental clash with Greig Spence. The introduction of ex Queen of the South midfield player Mark Kerr at half-time for “The Bairns” helped the home side keep more of the ball. Alloa keeper Craig McDowall pulled of an instinctive save from Peter Grant to stop the home side making it 2-0. The Wasps were not finished yet and pushed Peter Houston’s team right to the final whistle, Kevin Cawley, Ryan McCord and a Greig Spence header all went close before Ben Gordon moved into attack and added height to the Wasps attack.


barry smith at falkirk stadium

Sad at not getting anything from today’s game but we try to be as positive because we are creating chances, we have played well, but we said the same last week, where we thought we should have won the game, and we cannot keep dropping points – although we did play well, we need to start picking points up it’s as simple as that. Our two strikers have did brilliantly for us this season, Spencey and Buchanan and we can add in Kevin Cawley as well, but we will be trying to add to the squad, but our strikers are getting into the positions, if they weren’t getting into the positions and creating chances I would be worried, so hopefully it will turn again, sooner rather than later. We need to start grinding our results, and again today it was a mistake from us that cost us the goal. Other than that, we think that we have played well in the game, but playing well doesn’t get you three points. Yes, we will pick all the positives, we think that we did play well but we do have to start taking the chances when they come along, when they do and I’m sure we will, the quality in this team will win games.

Next week’s game against Rangers is a completely different game, with a new manager coming in, but the one thing for our players is the confidence they can take from previous results we have against them this season, but it will be an extremely difficult game and one will not be taking lightly and we will have to do all the good things we did and one of the biggest things was the way we defended against Rangers, which we did very well and we will need to do that again next week if we are to get a result.


Falkirk Stadium
Falkirk Stadium, Stadium Way, Westfield, Laurieston, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 9DX, United Kingdom