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Alloa manager Allan Maitland was an angry man as he watched his side make basis errors which have again cost the club dearly. Ayr United were well fired up for this game and in fairness started the game at such a pace “The Wasps” could have been three goals down inside the first twenty minutes, ex Alloa Athletic player Scott Agnew was the man to break the deadlock. After Ayr United scored Alloa gradually forced their way back into the match, but the turning point in the game was when Scot Buist received his second yellow card early in the second half after getting himself caught on the ball, when he had plenty of time to clear the situation. Alloa still attacked and had chances but Ayr United hit them with two late goals on the counter which Raymond Jellema might have done better and Alex Williams will not get an easier double coming on with fifteen minutes left.
allan maitland after defeat by ayr united
Ayr United having not played for a few weeks were obviously keen to get out the traps, I thought the first twenty minutes they were excellent and we were fortunate it was only 1-0 at the end of that spell, they had headers at goal and shots flashing across our goal and Scott Agnew also had one which he volleyed over the bar as well, they started really well. After the goal I thought we got a bit of a grip in the game in the centre of the park and started playing much better and we had chances in that spell, Brown Ferguson in particular had an opportunity when he stole in at the back post. In at half time a goal down, but very much still in the game, but then Scot Buist’s sending off was totally inexcusable, he has come back into the team and has been doing really well, we are at a stage in the game we are dominating and trying to create chances and he gets sent off, its killing us!
When we are dominating games we are unable to score, when the opposition are dominating games their scoring goals and that’s a bad mix for me, that’s the reason we are second bottom, our decision making is poor, Scot Buist’s decision to dilly dally on the ball and having lost it to pull the player down is inexcusable, I thought the referee was excellent and handled everything really well and even at that when we were down to ten men we were still doing well, still trying to get into their end of the park, we had a situation when Andy Ferguson must score, but the ball would just not sit down in the box, John Grant had a chance with a header at the back post, we must score when we are on top, we seem unable to do so. Then for the second goal our goalkeeper, not sure what he was doing, the second goal has killed us again and the third goal was irrelevant but for anybody picking the paper up it looks like an easy game for Ayr United but it didn’t seem like that to me, but effort doesn’t win you things what we need is effort and a bit of guile and be able to make the right decisions at the right time, we had none of that today, well plenty of effort but our decision making was dreadful and of course going down to ten men didn’t help, we are where we are and we deserve to be there, we need to get our finger out.