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Very frustrating not to have won that.  After conceding a well worked early goal it was clear that we would need to be patient to break down a well organised team defending in numbers.  There was certainly no lack of effort throughout the team but we lacked the inventiveness and penetration to bother the Alloa keeper unduly.  The pressure eventually told and we got a stunning equaliser from Captain Carl.  It seemed strange that the left back was taking corners on the right, but when the ball came back to him he lost no time in smashing the ball across the keeper and into the top left corner - a stunning strike!  White then put us in front late on and that should have been us sitting at the top of the table.  But no.  Rather than focussing on keeping possession we pressed for a third.  The result was that we lost possession and McCart was put under a bit of pressure, but he should have done better than conceding a throw.  The defence went to sleep for the long throw and Trouten had an easy task of picking his spot.  Robbo will be raging and the dropped 2 points might well be crucial later on in the season.

Good to see Keatings back and he was unlucky when his excellent late free kick came back off the bar.  Both he and Carson introduced greater positivity into the play when they came on and if fit enough I would expect both to start against Morton next week.

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I've been his biggest fan but all Jamie McCart had to do was pass the ball back to Mark Ridgers. Why he decided to try and dummy the attacker and play it down the line was stupidity. His touch was poo

I thought McGregor was the one bright spot today. He was always looking for the ball and looked our most dangerous attacker in my opinion.  James Vincent on the other hand needs to know that it's

Jamie McCart can hang his head in shame for cocking up at the Alloa goal. He should have passed back to Ridgers and we would still be top of the league. Pissed off at this poor decision making.

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Incredibly frustrating, quite frankly pathetic after all that huffing and puffing we throw away the chance of going top as we can't see out a lead for 5 minutes. 

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I've been his biggest fan but all Jamie McCart had to do was pass the ball back to Mark Ridgers. Why he decided to try and dummy the attacker and play it down the line was stupidity. His touch was poor and he gives away a needless throw in which we don't defend properly. Kind of summed up the game. 

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Just cannot afford to drop points like this at home if we are to be considered genuine contenders. Shocking we could not see this game out and McCart should have done so much better.

Positive for me was Keatings making his comeback looks such an intelligent player.

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Reality check needed? I understand the frustration at lack of concentration to hold out the last 5 minutes for the win (cold and tired perhaps, I would be) but despite everything we are 3rd just 1 point off the top! This is a ruddy tough league with everyone capable of taking points off everybody else, bet the Ayr and Arab fans are a bit more p'd off than we are...

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Once again Mccart cost us, Ridgers was screaming for the back pass, Mccart ****** about and eventually knocked the ball out for a throw.  The next 30 secs were feckin unreal.

But it was an awful performance from ICT, so slow and pedantic in building pressure on Alloa, It gave them so much to time get back and get organised in defence. 

McGregor needs to be on the back burner for a while, wee bit out of his depth today, Also don't know what's going on in defence but Coll and Mccart seem to be out of touch with each other.

Today was a game we need to win but didn't really look like winning, have gone back to our old ways of snatching draws from the jaws of a win...  it seems so.

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11 minutes ago, caley100 said:

McGregor needs to be on the back burner for a while, wee bit out of his depth today, Also don't know what's going on in defence but Coll and Mccart seem to be out of touch with each other.

I thought McGregor was the one bright spot today. He was always looking for the ball and looked our most dangerous attacker in my opinion. 

James Vincent on the other hand needs to know that it's ok to pass the ball forward. So many backways and sideways passes when we had the chance to move forward.

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Quite incredible that we didn't win that game today yet at the same time it would have been quite incredible had we actually won it because we were absolutely dreadful.

Really well worked goal for Alloa after only a few minutes. Some neat build up play down the ICT right saw the ball worked into the feet of Buchanan and quick as a flash he dispatched a curling shot past a static Ridgers into the net. We were almost back in it when a Storey cross, the one good cross he put in all day, found MacGregor only a few yards out but his header was right at MacDonald and he pushed the youngsters effort away from danger. Most of the first half was ICT struggling to create anything of note whilst Alloa defended in numbers and presumably pissing themselves at how bad our attacking play was.

Second half was basically an overload exercise as ICT went forward time and time again but with precious little to show until Tremarco latched onto a loose ball from his own corner which had only been partially cleared and he sent a glorious shot into the top corner of the net.

Five minutes from the end it looked like we were heading for the top of the league when Tremarco crossed for White to bundle in a header from close range (similar to his goal v Partick) and that was surely going to be it.

At least it was until McCart had another brain fart and dallied on the ball when defending and instead of sending it back to Ridgers or clearing it up the pitch he played it out for a throw in. The following long throw was flicked on and Trouten stole in at the back post with Curry asleep to grab a deserved share of the points for Alloa.

Donaldson and McCart were really poor today. Despite not being put under much pressure their balls out of defence were absolutely rotten, Donaldson especially, and often set up chances for Alloa to break on us. Storey was poor again and had one decent cross from the flanks. He isn't a winger and struggled there at Partick so why we are persisting with him there is bizarre. MacGregor struggled to create much of note in the middle as Alloa packed the midfield and sat deep. There was zero creativity in the ICT side today to break them down and it would have been very harsh, though thoroughly pleasing, had we won that game.

With Queens getting a superb result today and Morton possessing an excellent home record the next couple of games are going to be a lot more difficult than they might appear on paper.

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Jamie McCart can hang his head in shame for cocking up at the Alloa goal. He should have passed back to Ridgers and we would still be top of the league. Pissed off at this poor decision making.

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23 minutes ago, Alan Simpson said:

Whys Robbo not try something bizzare but actually play our best forward Storey up top and drop White who may be a decent impact player! Storeys not a winger Robbo hearts didn't play you central defence ffs

No way is Storey our best forward!  Too many wayward passes, too many bad decisions, could have been subbed but....... should of doesn’t equate to what he brings to our team.  I think we had his best days in his first term at ICT and has yet to show that he still has his “magic hat”.  Come on Miles, show us your true calibre - soon, please.  

 

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No way is Storey our best forward!  Too many wayward passes, too many bad decisions, could have been subbed but....... should of doesn’t equate to what he brings to our team.  I think we had his best days in his first term at ICT and has yet to show that he still has his “magic hat”.  Come on Miles, show us your true calibre - soon, please.  

 

He can't show it when he's stuck out on the wing tho guys not a winger course he's gonna have stray passes it's madness playing him there drop White even for a few games see what Storey can do up top! If Robbo wanted a winger why didn't he sign 1 instead of playing a striker! Don't see Spurs playing Kane on the wing 

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3 minutes ago, Alan Simpson said:

He can't show it when he's stuck out on the wing tho guys not a winger course he's gonna have stray passes it's madness playing him there drop White even for a few games see what Storey can do up top! If Robbo wanted a winger why didn't he sign 1 instead of playing a striker! Don't see Spurs playing Kane on the wing 

Gosh Alan I actually agree with you...lol 

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Extremely poor performance today despite considerable effort to rectify the loss of the early goal. Carl surprised everyone with his finish including himself. In days gone by he has scored a few for us but that was his finest. If there is one lesson we should have learned again today - do not underestimate the diddy teams. After last weeks cup result the team probably thought they had an easyish game especially with Flannigan suspended.  Hopefully lesson learned. We do not want to go up the table and then be unable to sustain it. We actually made progress today.

If the team do not get over confident next week after two previous positive results against Morton this season then hard work and a good result will keep us up with Ayr and United and ahead of Dundee. 

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Totally different team that we faced today compared to last week, depite very few changes in personnel from Alloa.  They came with a gameplan, stuck to it and did what they needed to do to grind out a result.  Whilst there were dodgy referreeing decisions, ultimately we weren't good enough to win it on merit anyway.  Yes,, we should have had a penalty when White was put into some sort of bizarre armlock but let's face it, our real opportunities were minimal.  Tremarco's finish will ineed be unbeaten for goal of the season, but some of the other attempts at goal were truly woeful.

 

Stories of smashed seat(s?) in main stand caused by home "fans" - get a grip.  We were all frustrated but that's beyond unacceptable.  Not just the financial element, I for one would not want to be near someone like that when I go to watch a game of football.

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Given results elsewhere it was another missed opportunity today.

Very similar performance to that of the home game against Partick Thistle. Passing was always sideways and backwards. Just before the Alloa first goal we were in an attacking position by the corner flag yet proceeded to pass the ball all the way back to Ridgers, then kicked the ball long, lost possession, Alloa went up the park and scored! 

Second half we somehow managed to get ourselves in front (thanks for the Tremarco wonder strike), and then throw away two points by non existent defending at a long throw!! Yes mccart made the wrong decision in not passing the ball to Ridgers but we simply did not defend the throw. 

In truth though, on that performance, we did not deserve to win the game. 

It's been suggested above that we should try storey up front instead of playing him wide. His strength is his pace running onto through balls, but we just don't make any through passes that he could run onto! I hope that might change now with Keatings back from injury?

 

Bit disappointed personally to hear the announcer call a substitution for "caley" second half. 25 years celebrations indeed!!! ?

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