Alloa Athletic v Livingston

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The recent effort by all at the club during this spell of winter weather which has postponned so many other football matches has to be commended, however the players and manager were more focused, to make sure the team performance was far better than the huge disappointment in our last home game against Airdrie United which ended in our first home defeat in the league this season. Stuart Noble opened the scoring against Livingston, now scoring in his last four matches for “The Wasps” it was fitting Stuart was to pick up the Man of the Match award. Michael Dunlop put “The Wasps” 2-0 ahead just on half-time, the team were determined to take something from this game, results can go against you, but the main thing was the much improved performance. In the second half Livingston came back strongly and played some great football, however Alloa did have a great chance to go 3-0 ahead before David Sinclair scored a brilliant free kick goal to bring Gary Bollan’s side right back into the match. We’ve been guilty of giving away goals easily at times this season, but on this occassion Livingston scored two goals which were both well executed and credit must be given to their second half display. However the result of this game could have went either way and Noble, McGowan and Jim Lister all had great chances to win the game for “The Wasps”, Tony Bullock blocking Lister’s goalbound shot late in the game.


 


allan maitland after livingston draw

Two points dropped for us today – I know Livingston played well in the game but in a game again where we were winning we have such a terrible tendency for just sitting in and no matter how much we try to get the players up the park it is killing us, we are allowing the other teams to have far too much possession and it is really killing the centre of the park and our midfielders are finding it really difficult, then of course when Livingston scored an equalising goal we then start to play the game again at their end of the park and create another three chances and gave ourselves a chance to win the game – but it shouldn’t need for the other team to equalise for that to happen – and that has been the problem for us all season. I keep trying to address it – today I put Jamie Hay in that area to try and help us and he done really well for the first 60 minutes or so of the game then he took a knock after that but again the more the game gets stretched the less effective your strikers become in the game and the more difficult it becomes for the middle of the park. Having said that I think we had enough chances to win the game at two each we had great chances from Michael McGowan and Stuart Noble, and then Jim Lister’s effort pulling out a great save from Tony Bullock to keep us out. It looked as though we had got out of the storm in the opening 15 minutes of the second half and then they scored a great free kick – it was a good game of football two each is a very disappointing result from us, getting two points from the last three games, when I think we have played really well at times and ending up scoring six goals at home and only taking two points from the three games is not just reward for their efforts, but it is probably just reward for the way we have been defending in these games. I thought it was a great game of football and Livingston played really well, I think we should have won it but we will just need to try and find a way of getting a result and making sure we go on a run of results that are going to win games for us – we don’t quite have that formula yet – I know we are 16 games into the season but we need to find it and find it quick.

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