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ALLOA ATHLETIC 3 PETERHEAD 1

Wed 01 Feb 2012

Jim McInally was upbeat despite watching his side succumb to league leaders Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park last night.

The Blue Toon boss praised both sides for their commitment to attacking football, in a match which saw The Wasps run out worthy 3-1 winners.

Defender Ben Gordon’s early opener was cancelled out by Rory McAllister’s thunderous strike ten minutes before the interval, only for Mark Docherty to re-establish the home side’s lead two minutes later.

On-loan St Johnstone forward Stevie May added a third, before Alloa’s former Aberdeen goalkeeper Scott Bain pulled off a tremendous double-save to deny Ryan Strachan and Dennis Wyness.

McInally said "I thought it was a terrific game. I’m not saying we deserved to win, but 3-1 was a bit harsh on us, especially second half.

"We started the game really poorly and I think it takes a wee while to adjust to the pitch, but it was two teams just going for goals.

Jim McInally

"I’ve just said to the boys that they’ve been selling themselves short all season. That’s a team that are seven points clear at the top of the league and for me, second half, there was only one team in it.

"I went a bit gung-ho, we went 3-4-3 and they caught us on the counter attack a couple of times, but their keeper has pulled off a couple of unbelievable saves out there. Only one of them needed to go in and we were back in the game.

"I don’t like praising in defeat, but we’ve won some games and now come and played the top team and I think we were every bit as good as them."

"Alloa are a really good team, they passed and moved for the first twenty minutes as though we weren’t on the park. It was quite refreshing to see two teams just going for goals and I’m sure the people who were here enjoyed it."

A full match report is now available.