RECREATION Park is fast becoming a daunting destination after local rivals Falkirk became the latest full-time side to be frustrated by the disciplined hosts.
The visitors started the brighter and controlled the territorial battle, but rarely carved open a meaningful opening to break the deadlock. In fact, Alloa gave as good as they got in that respect.
“I thought we played really well,” said Alloa boss Paul Hartley. “We set ourselves up to rough them up a little, to get pressure on them and stopping them playing.”
That wasn’t the case in the opening exchanges when they could have been a goal down as early as the fourth minute. Phil Roberts was able to turn on the edge of the area before advancing and shooting straight at Scott Bain, pictured.
Bain was then forced into pulling off the spectacular to once again deny Roberts. The striker curled an exceptional effort from the edge of the area that was heading for the top corner before Bain’s fingertips pushed it past the post.
Alloa began to threaten on the counter but only looked capable of scoring from set-pieces. Ben Gordon went close either side of half time with two headers. One drifted by the post and the other was right at the keeper from six yards out. These were the few highlights in a tense match that was low on quality in the final third.
“It was a battle,” said Falkirk manager Gary Holt. “I think we gave as good as we got. We knew coming here that it was going to be a tough fixture because of how well Alloa have been playing. I was happy with our performance.”
Despite attacking alterations from both managers, the only chance in the final stages was a Jason Marr header which was powered into the ground and bounced over the crossbar.