Match Preview v Alloa (Home)

We welcome Alloa Athletic to Palmerston tomorrow as we will look to continue our fine run of form that has seen us lose just once in 11 competitive games.

That defeat did however come against Alloa at the beginning of February as goals from Andy Graham and Kevin Cawley gave the Wasps the win after Isaiah Jones’ early debut goal.

Last Saturday’s 4-2 away win was our fourth on the bounce as we continued to push towards a play-off spot. Raith Rovers drawing midweek means that the Starks Park outfit are a point clear of us in second, albeit with two games in hand. A win tomorrow could see us go second and would preserve our top four place, temporarily at least.

This season has been a bit of a struggle for the Wasps, picking up three wins all season and sitting six points adrift of Inverness in ninth having played a game more. Despite being at the foot of the table, Alloa have only lost two of their last six games coming into the final stretch of the season as they look to maintain their Championship status for a fourth season.

Alloa’s main threat on Saturday is likely to come from on loan Kilmarnock striker Innes Cameron. Cameron has scored four goals in his last five games. Alan Trouten is suspended for the game though having been sent off against Inverness last week.

We will be without Isaish Jones after he limped off with a hamstring injury at Gayfield. Dan Pybus is also still ruled out with a hamstring problem. Joe McKee who has been out for nearly two months and Nortei Nortey who has been missing the past two weeks remain doubtful.

The good news is that Connor Shields was back last week, making his first appearance since February’s loss at the Indodrill Stadium.

It is one win apiece for the sides in the games so far this season, while Peter Grant’s side won in Alloa, Queens claimed the victory the last time the two sides met at Palmerston as goals from Gregor Buchanan and Joe McKee either side of the interval gave us a two – nil win.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s meeting Manager Allan Johnston said “Our game at Arbroath last week speaks volumes about the players. The character they showed to come back from two goals down was incredible. It is another sign of just how far they’ve come in the last few months. At the start of the season if they had fallen behind that would probably have been it but now they have the belief in themselves and have fight and determination with a winning mentality.

With a lot of pace about our team, we are good at going forward and I think that was the difference at Arbroath with the pace and movement we had we showed quality. They expect to score goals and they are harder to beat which is very pleasing.

We started really poorly, Arbroath picked up all the second balls, they were direct, pinned us back into our own half and made it difficult for us but once we got to grips with that I thought we were worthy winners.

week we are up against a side that we’ve struggled against. Alloa are always hard to beat and I don’t think anyone likes to play them as they are really good on the counter attack. They have good players and are probably not getting the results they deserve.

But we are confident in our own ability and the players are in a good place, we just have to remain focused and hopefully we can continue the run we are on”.

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Kick off – 3pm