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  1. Absolutely correct, a handful of games and the circumstances we were in at that point with makeshift defences make it difficult for any real judgement. His first 2 games against Inverness away then Dundee United at home produced decent enough performances. Bringing Parry back was ultimately the right call- the big man had a stormer against Dundee away in the penultimate game before the season prematurely ended. Wright didnt get time to settle and build up an understanding with the back 4, and even the best goalkeepers need that.
  2. Really good 90 minute chat- main updates in terms of the here and now: Season tickets announced this week. Will be cut priced based on shorter season with access to streaming where necessary. Season due to start 17th October, Betfred Cup in first 2 weeks. Lots of "Covid friendly" adjustments being made to the ground in terms of layout and setup. Likely to be some kind of work to join the ground with Wasp Centre for easier access to the facilities where/if needed Looking at admission of season ticket holders with distancing if viable to do so based on government guidelines at that point in time. Squad pretty much signed up with exception of Flannigan (obviously) and O'Hara (who we will get a compensation fee for if he goes full time)
  3. Flanny was ability wise our best player by a distance, and a major influence on the team. But theres hope in the fact that when Flanny was missing last season we rarely looked lost on the park. We did exactly what Waspie says- mixed it up a bit in terms of style. Flanny didnt play in arguably our most dominant performance of the season- the final game before shut down against Inverness. Whilst young Banks was instrumental in that particular win, Robertson and Hetherington are very classy players capable of filling the void.
  4. I think he will go, but don't think it's an absolute given. Hes had a couple of offers as far as I'm aware, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're good offers. The gap between a lower end full time wage and top end part time isnt really a substantial amount. And in current climate and uncertainty clubs aren't loaded with cash. A key factor in joining Alloa was game time every week, so I doubt he'll fancy bench warming. But by the same token I expect teams may carry smaller squads and be looking for everyone to make a contribution. Could be a lengthy saga as he weighs up offers. Which is fine- not only was he outstanding for us, theres no question he worked exceptionally hard for it. If he can get a good chance at a higher level- good luck to him.
  5. To the best of my knowledge Alloa have placed the full squad on furlough and offered every player a contract extension. No news of anyone signed nor departed so far.
  6. Also worth noting that after the game Robertson made a point of going to every Alloa player at time up, which was a touch of class. The performance was up there with the win over Dundee United as one of our best of the season. A very comprehensive win, with everyone playing their part. Banks was absolute class- best individual performance Ive seen from an Alloa player in quite some time. Connelly also terrific. A selection headache for the manager now, which can only be a good thing.
  7. Robbo played right, with Stirling Deas and Taggart more central and Dick further up on left. Worked well
  8. Agreed. The goal was a poor one defensively but it was only time we really allowed White time in the box. Very much a new defensive unit, but they fought brilliantly despite being peppered with a lot of crosses into our box. We charged down loose balls in numbers, getting bodies goal side. Robertson in particular was excellent snuffing out danger. Whilst Caley Thistle style of play contributed, it was particularly encouraging that they didnt manage to play through us at any point really in the game. Very encouraging to see Trouts back. But credit where its due, Thomson was really good again up top winning aerial balls and linking play. The team has an excellent balance to it right now, and we finally have a few options to change it where situations dictate.
  9. Would admit that we didnt pepper the Queens goal with lots of chances in that opening spell. The two goals were probably the only real openings. But in terms of stifling Queens and controlling the midfield battle- felt we were on top.
  10. That was a really enjoyable day and game yesterday. The two early goals were a good reflection of the opening 20 minutes. We were well on top in this period. The goals definitely from a Queens point of view defended poorly. Particularly the first- where they laid it on a plate for a bang in form O'Hara . There wasnt many uncomfortable moments in that opening half. But the injury to MacDonald changed the context of the game- despite him not really having a save to make from that point. We knew Queens would come roaring out second half and it wasnt the best situation having a young largely untried keeper between the sticks. Unfortunately the fears were realised, first with Hamilton pulling a goal back. Then Dobbie, who had been largely quiet and isolated, produced a moment of real quality with a stunning equaliser. Understandably that shook us up but after 5 minutes or so we settled down. Peter Grant had switched to a back 3 bringing on Ben Stirling and pushing Robertson into midfield and it worked effectively. Stirling had a hand in O'Haras goal- the one true chance we created, but at the moment thats all O'Hara needs. We rode our luck a bit towards the end but Andrew Wilson pulled off two brilliant saves to win the points. A great win and we have replicated our form at this time last season to haul ourselves off the bottom. Fingers crossed MacDonalds hip injury isnt too serious as weve had terrible luck with injuries to real key men in the team. But dropping a cross aside, Wilson stood tall and played a big role in that win. Robert Thomson has had a couple of excellent outings in the past 2 games- finally getting a run and putting some consistency together. He tired in the second half- he had a big job to do in terms of running into pockets of space- but good to see him playing his part.
  11. I didnt see the second half antics, but the first half stuff was much ado about nothing til the flare went off. There was a squad of younger-ish Caley boys who were probably a bit well on in terms of the drink- but they were just enjoying themselves and not bothering anybody at all. They got a steward to take a photo of them in front of their flag, and didnt even indulge in any goading of the home fans after the opener- just celebrated the goal amongst themselves and cheered for the players. Unfortunately for them, setting off a flare gets you removed from a ground- particularly in a smaller group when blending into a crowd is impossible. But to be fair to them they were in a fairly open space on the terrace, so no ones safety was put into jeopardy. Absolutely nothing sinister in any of it.
  12. Enjoyable game. The first half petered out a bit after a bright start, but second half was fairly compelling stuff. Undoubtedly scrappy at times but always kept your attention. Alloa were well organised as usual- had to be with such a makeshift backline. The midfield was forced to sit a bit deeper as a result and offer that extra protection. But played some excellent stuff at times, with Adam Brown in particular having a strong outing. Wasnt always pretty from him, but he had plenty drive to take us up the pitch. His goal was quite fortunate but he did the right thing striking it first time- always difficult to deal with that type of shot. Thistle did have a lot of chances- McCall spotted weaknesses down the flanks and used his players and substitutions to repeatedly get crosses into the box. But it was a wee bit predictable and they didnt really cut us open all that often. Some ping on the boy Cole though. Clearly fancied it. Thought I would have saw more urgency from Thistle after the equaliser. They had a wee spurt upping the tempo right away but then reverted to doing the same things- and our defence was fairly wise to it. Thistle have good players- but at the moment theres still a gap between them and the likes of Dundee and ICT. Theyll have to bridge that if they have any ambitions of getting into those promotion playoff places. The penalties were both quite soft. Can see why hes given the first one with these new handball rules but Deas hands were down and its harsh. For the second one Malcolm was a bit naive perhaps but Cardles went down way too easy for me and it was an aimless ball with little danger. Thistle deserved a point based on balance of play and what they created. Little doubt our keeper kept us in it throughout the game. But naturally disappointing that we could have perhaps held out there for a valuable 3 points without the penalty awards. Very pleased with the way we played. Not perfect by any means but with little options from the bench and a makeshift backline couldnt really ask for any more than what they gave out there.
  13. 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.
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