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  1. Waspies summary pretty much deals with everything. After a good start we fell out of it. The Elgin goal was coming and we could easily have been more than one down at the break. By contrast the second half was one way traffic until the game was sealed after O'Haras third. Elgin did contribute to their own downfall- slack in defence and the keeper should have definitely saved the second. But we played some really nice stuff going forward and could have scored more than 3. Really enjoyed the day overall despite the lengthy trek. Im always rooting for Elgin to make the step up to League 1. They have a bit of an unfair reputation of a team treading water in the bottom league. I love the ground and the setup at Borough Briggs is excellent. It must be a wee bit frustrating for their fans because that team isnt far away at all if they sorted it out at the back- some good players who caused us problems yesterday.
  2. The first and fourth goals were brilliant strikes. Its no real surprise that we looked buried at the break- we hadnt played badly in that opening period but hadnt really worked McCrorie. O'Hara was far more effective after the break with another runner behind him further forward (Buchanan). O'Hara was brilliant in the second half- a constant thorn in the side of a Queens defence that was there to be got at and we finally asked questions of them. As slack as the defending was for Hamiltons goal I was quite impressed with him. He did a lot more for Queens yesterday than i thought he did for us last season- reaping the benefits of getting a real run of games. He was dropping a lot deeper within the unit to get involved with the play too.
  3. Apart from a wee bit of back and forth verbals across the sections in the closing stages- there was very little in terms of issues. In fact probably far less than any Ive seen in comparison to other grounds where its a similar setup for housing away fans. The section allocated isnt great, although completely understand why a small support is placed there. Despite having a roof, the stadium is so open in that area that you have no protection from the elements- rained on for the second week in a row. The stadiums definitely scenic, and you really cant argue about exiting straight onto the A9 after the game. But its still a nonsense for me having the ground so far away from the town. Modern life i guess. Other than missing a debatable foul leading up to ICTs opener, I actually thought he did fine. The Jordan White incident on the outside of the area I thought the 2 got into a tangle with both players giving as good as each other. Certainly wasnt clear cut, but admittedly id have been shouting for a simialr incident had it occurred up the other end. Cant really add more than this completely accurate assessment. We defended really well as a unit, constantly getting bodies behind the ball. ICT didnt really trouble us in the opening period and our goal was a thing of beauty. The tide turned in the second half, with Caley using a bit more physicality up top to allow themselves more success. Agree that their trusted ball players didnt really shine as much as i expected them to. Our midfield did really well, particularly Hetherington. But in that second half Flannigan was a big miss- just someone to take the ball, lift the pressure off and let everyone gather their thoughts creatively. The late equaliser when the game looked lost was obviously brilliant, and on the balance of play probably deserved. Robbie Deas is really settling in now- is really starting to understand whats expected of him in that defensive unit and had another good outing.
  4. Basic summary of Danny at Alloa- He took over from Barry Smith when we looked certainties to be relegated from the Championship. There were 2 other part time teams in the league- Cowdenbeath and Dumbarton. He rallied the team and injected some new ideas and spirit. He picked up some big results, relegating Cowden and managed to seal 9th place and an escape route via the playoffs. Led the team to the great escape playoff final win over Forfar. We didnt play badly in the first leg at Station Park but lost 3 1. But won the second leg 3 0 in one of the best days Ive experienced as a supporter. Then the cracks started. He wanted to use the budget to build a bigger squad. We still had a core of excellent players from the Paul Hartley era. He seemed quite "take it or leave it" in terms of offering new contracts to those guys (this is the players accounts- not my opinion). The majority of them left. He wanted to build a larger pool with the budget, but ended up considerably diluting the quality. His recruitment was very haphazard that summer and we were very poor. He was sacked in early December. I watched lots of his training sessions. He worked on shape shape shape. They were hugely tactically orientated and very interesting. He clearly knew his game inside out and they were great to watch from the stand. However the players spent most of these sessions standing on the pitch in their positions and listening to him. Bearing in mind they trained two nights a week only. They hated it. Also worth mentioning Danny is one of the nicest guys Ive ever met in football. I write for the match programme and early in his bad season, he summoned me to his office. He told me he read my articles every fortnight and how much he really appreciated the backing and support I was trying to give him. Ive written for the programme for 12 years and no other manager at the club has taken the time to do this. I assume hes changed his methods somewhat at Clyde because hes done really well there. So the assumption is correct that his methods at Alloa were not suited to part time level. His rebuilding strategy may have worked in League 1, but in the Championship we were toast. However, I certainly think Danny would be a level above Caldwell as Thistle manager. Thistle have quality in their ranks- he will create a bit of unity and get more out of them
  5. Could go on forever, but in summary- the stats show we picked up slightly more points at home than on the road, but it didnt really seem to suit our style of play and it contributed in diminishing the quality of a lot of games.
  6. Its not a normal situation though, with a new manager coming in after most of the squad was signed up. Stirling was a Goodwin signing, and the player himself even stated his main reason for joining was to work with Jim. That in itself was probably a risk to both parties- even if he hadnt joined St Mirren it was utterly inevitable Goodwin was never going to last the season at Alloa. Hes a good player, I thought he had plenty to offer. But if the manager doesnt fancy the player or vice versa- its a frequent occurrence in football and we move on.
  7. Yeah still assistant manager. Think he had the chance to go for it after Smith left in particular, but has always said he never wants to step up to outright management.
  8. Fairly irrelevant I know, but although Barry Smith had been appointed that week, he didnt take the team that day for the 1 1 draw- it was Paddy Connelly as caretaker.
  9. Spot on. We started to see a player in Hammy second half of that season. I think Hammy is tarnished a bit by playing for the club in a relatively poor campaign overall (which still contained the aforementioned high points). A decent guy too who I know still keeps in touch with some of the Alloa fans. It all worked out for the best though. Alloa signed the impressive Callum Waters to replace him (who incidentally was at last weeks game- spoke to him at full time) and Hammy has clearly gone on to be a popular player amongst the Arbroath support.
  10. Always saw Hammy as a bit of a weak link for Arbroath when weve played them in recent seasons- in the sense that he can crack if you double up on him and apply pressure down that side of the pitch. Credit where its due though he had a really solid game last Saturday.
  11. It was a tongue in cheek remark after the Partick Thistle game. He was laughing and the reporter was laughing.
  12. Q&A with Peter Grant at Station Bar Lounge Alloa- tomorrow night (Fri) at 7pm
  13. I like watching Alloa play Dick Campbells Arbroath team. Theyve been a good team to watch and they tend to get the best out of us. Other than a hideous goalless draw at Gayfield a couple of seasons back, the games tend to be open and entertaining, usually with plenty goals. Hopefully something similar at the weekend. No doubt both teams will see this as a big opportunity to pick up 3 points. But although theyll both highly likely finish the league in the bottom half, I dont think it's a stonewall guarantee both clubs will finish bottom 2 in the table.
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