ALLOA Athletic’s cup heroics against Rangers on Wednesday evening visibly took their toll as Barry Smith’s side went from jubilant to jaded in a 1-0 defeat against Dumbarton.
Chris Kane, who continues to enhance his burgeoning reputation on loan from St Johnstone, scored the only goal of the game after nine minutes, clinically volleying into the net from close range.
Alloa struck the post and dominated possession, but the effervescence which generally characterises their attacking play was notable by its absence. Understandably so, given a Herculean effort against the Gers and a heaving injury list which only allowed them to name four substitutes yesterday.
And a dream week for Alloa boss Smith ended in ignominy when he was sent to the stand after exchanging words with referee Craig Thomson – words which, Smith contends, were neither ill-tempered nor abusive.
“We created chances but I think Wednesday took its toll on some of the boys,” conceded Smith.
“It was not as energetic as we would have liked and the ball just wouldn’t go into the net for us. We know that we can do better than that.”
He added: “I still don’t know what I have been sent to the stand for! All I can say is that it was not foul and abusive. I approached him in a calm manner, without bad language, and I am baffled.”
Alloa supporters had their appetite for Challenge Cup glory well and truly sated against Rangers in midweek, and the competition’s sponsor, Petrofac Training Services, rewarded them by laying on free scotch pies for the punters.
However, Kane’s goal ensured they were destined to leave the Indodrill Stadium well fed, but starved of points after watching Stephen Simmons strike the post, while Eddie Ferns and Greig Spence were denied by Sons keeper Danny Rogers.
“When the teams near the bottom play each other they are huge and we were delighted to get the points,” said victorious boss Ian Murray.