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    Falkirk hold out for points 

    Sunday, February 10, 2019 4:43:12 PM

    Manager Jim Goodwin was again disappointed after "The Wasps" lost their third league game in succession to drop to ninth position in the table as Falkirk ground out the three points. Once again "The Wasps" started brightly and looked to take the game to the visitors. Dario Zanatta causing danger from the wing but the all important opening goal was at the Clackmannan Road end of the pitch with Falkirk captain Jordan McGhee heading home his first goal of the season.

    Jordan McGhee's header goes in at top corner
     
    Alloa came straight back looking for an equaliser Alan trouten had an effort blocked before Connor Shields slammed home a deserved equalier just after the half hour mark, his second goal of the season to bring the game level.
     
    Connor Shields fires home to equalise  1 - 1
    McKenna & Edjenguele combine to block Dario Zanatta
     
    The visitors Falkirk looked more solid in defence than earlier in season but Alloa looked to take the lead before the break and were denied when Paul Dixon blocked Alan Trouten effort off the line.
     
    Paul Dixon blocks Alan Trouten on the line
     
    Two minutes into the second half Alloa were to lose a killer second goal when they did not clear their lines and the ball was played across the face of the goal for an unmarked Mark Waddington on loan from Stoke City to score his first senior goal.
     
    Waddington unmarked at back post scores winner
     
    Alloa applied pressure and had the best of the possession but Falkirk remained resolute and could have scored themselves again on the counter attack. Although at times Falkirk had ten men behind the ball they had more shots on goal than "The Wasps" which was frustrating. Alloa manager Jim Goodwin, brought on both loan signings Jack Hamilton & Jack Aitchison to try and clinth a point. The closest "The Wasps" came to clinching a draw was a Scott Taggart shot which just missed the target at the far post, Jack Hamilton had a half chance in front of goal but it just wouldn't sit for him. Indeed another goal line clearance after William Edjenguele sliced a cross ball across towards the net but was cleared off the line by Ciaran McKenna.
    Jack Hamilton just fails to connect with ball
    High Kicks from Jordan Kirkpatrick
     
    As the clock ticked down, Alloa keeper Neil Parry ran upfield from his goal to add height at a corner kick but to no avail as Falkirk keeper Harry Burgoyne gathered under pressure. A game there was not much between the sides but Falkirk gained the important three points on this occasion. With now twelve games left we will go again against Partick Thistle who are currently bottom of the table but have strenghened in the January transfer window, in what will be another difficult game but on our day we have already shown this season we can be a match for any team in the division.
     
    Alloa keeper Neil Parry in Falkirk box.
     


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