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In a game of few chances “The Wasps” battled hard to earn a draw against league leaders Raith Rovers, indeed in the second half the best chance of the game fell to Dougie Wilson who had been put clear by a pass from Stuart Noble who was making his home debut since coming on loan from Airdrie United, but Jinky’s shot was pulled wide off the post, indeed not long after Brown Ferguson went closer, but his effort was cleared off the line by Raith Rovers defender Craig Wilson. It was a game of few chances for either team, Raith Rovers had started the game brightly but in the second half Alloa Athletic had the best of the play and with more presence in front of goal could well have taken full points. Manager Allan Maitland is hopeful to have at least one new signing before next Saturday’s important game against Arbroath, but as has been pointed out before, the club will only post details on signings when it has happened and not purely speculation. However Steven McKeown did join Albion Rovers on loan till the end of the season on Saturday morning prior to their game against Cowdenbeath at Central Park. Steven like Fraser Forrest is another player who has been a great servant to the club but needs to be playing games and hopefully his period with Albion Rovers will help him achieve this.
allan maitland after raith rovers game
There was not a lot in this match to talk about, but for out point of view we are near the bottom of the league and Raith Rovers are at the top of the league and I don’t think there was anything between the two teams today, we said before hand it was going to be important we matched up against them in all areas of the park, we thought Iain Davidson would make it difficult in the centre of the park and it was important we had somebody in there to battle against this and Pat Scullion did really well in breaking things up today, might have been better when he was on the ball creating things but he certainly dug in for us, in games like this there are always one chance in the game for either team which could win the game, today our chance fell to Dougie Wilson, a great ball from Stuart Noble, who I thought was excellent, a great ball through from Stuart but Jinky didn’t have it in his locker to put it away and that was our one chance but I’m pleased with the effort, delighted to have a clean sheet, which is something in recent times we do not have, so pleased with the effort, commitment and most aspects, but I’d like us to turn these draws into victories if we could but at least we are showing a bit more about us now, we don’t look like a team who are in the bottom two any longer, who look like a team who are capable of stringing some results together, so for this to be a good result for us we need to go to Gayfield, against Arbroath next week and need to win, but no complaints with any of the players today, I thought they were great.