Accies 0 Alloa Athletic 1
Saturday, 07 December 2013 18:41
Accies were knocked off the top of the league on Saturday for the first time this season when we lost to Alloa Athletic for our second home defeat in a row. Accies enjoyed the huge majority of possession and struck the woodwork twice, but for all the hard work we were just unable to find the net. The visitors mainly played a counter attacking game but did score the only goal, with defender Daryll Meggatt heading past Kevin Cuthbert just after half time.
We started this game minus Stephen Hendrie who hadn't recovered from the ankle injury he sustained against Dundee a fortnight earlier but Ziggy Gordon, injured in the same game, was fit to start. Still missing injured were Mickael Antoine Curier, player / Manager Alex Neil, and Jon Routledge. On the bench for the first time was defender Scott McMann. Jesus Garcia Tena started for the first time since signing in September and he slotted in at left back, Louis Longridge started for the first time in the league this season and he partnered James Keatings up front.
The match was preceded by a minute's applause following the death on Thursday evening of former South African president and global icon Nelson Mandela. Accies began on the offensive and Louis Longridge broke through in the 3rd minute and unleashed a great shot which skelped the bar. A minute later there was a great advantage by the ref after a foul on midfield, and that saw Darian MacKinnon break through down the left side but his cross in to James Keatings saw the forward crowded out by the wasps defence. There was some great movement, interplay and passing by Accies in the opening period and the chances kept coming. Ali Crawford set up Keatings but his curled shot was well held by Bain, while soon after Garcia Tena floated one in for Longridge but Bain was alert again. Mikey Devlin then Ali Crawford both had chances, while Alloa were frequently threatening on the break. Grant Gillespie had a shot held by the 'keeper too.
Into the second half and Alloa scored in the first minute. Kevin Cawley crossed in and Garcia Tena appeared to slip at the back post allowing Darryll Meggat to nod in.
Crawford again, then Tony Andreu, came mighty close, before Alloa themselves scorned a great chance to double their lead. Both sides continued to press, Alloa threatening on the break as we moved bodies forward to seek a goal. We committed all subs, but to no avail as the visitors held on to record a 1-0 win, their third successive league victory at NDP. Former Scotland schoolboy athlete Greg Docherty, 17, came off the bench for his debut in the second half.
Accies: Cuthbert, Gordon, Devlin, Canning, Gillespie, Keatings, Crawford (Brophy 77), Longridge (Ryan 58 ), MacKinnon (Docherty 77), Andreu, Garcia Tena. Unused subs McShane, McMann, Kilday, Currie. Referee: Greg Aitken. Att: 860
Alex Neil's Post Match Comments
Greg Docherty's Post Match Interview
Photos courtesy Ian MacFadyen and Mike Bishop