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Alloa Athletic 1-1 Rangers

Scottish Championship leaders Rangers were held to a surprise draw by bottom club Alloa Athletic.

The Ibrox side were utterly dominant for long periods but a mixture of wastefulness and inspired goalkeeping from Scott Gallacher kept them at bay.

Jason Marr's headed goal from an Alloa corner looked like it might give the home side a shock win.

But Rangers eventually levelled after relentless pressure, Michael O'Halloran netting his first goal for the club.

The result will give Alloa renewed hope as they struggle to keep their second-tier status intact. Jack Ross's side are now nine points from safety.

All the talk before the game was about the pitch, which had recently been narrowed by nine yards. It gave the game a congested feel, but it was a lively start.

After an early Harry Forrester effort went wide for Rangers, Alloa went up the other end and Ryan Finnie's drilled effort flew past the post.

Michael O'Halloran scores for Rangers against Alloa Athletic
O'Halloran netted Rangers' leveller

Forrester would go closer soon after, but his effort hit the post. Team-mate Jason Holt also struck the frame of the goal after neat interplay with Barrie McKay.

Rangers were in complete control of the match with their quick passing game causing Alloa plenty of problems, but too often they were guilty of over-playing in the final third.

A lack of precision was also in evidence as a back-heeled effort from Martyn Waghorn went wide of the post from just a few yards out.

The same pattern continued early in the second half, with Rangers creating chances and failing to take them. Holt had an effort well smothered by Gallacher. Andy Halliday then fired in a shot from the edge of the box, but again it was wide of goal.

Alloa would make Rangers pay for their profligacy. First a Dougie Hill header was tipped over by Wes Foderingham and, from the resultant corner, Marr's header found the net.

Substitute Billy King stung the palms of Gallacher with a near-post effort, but there was a certain flatness from the visitors as Rangers struggled to find a response. Danny Wilson managed to fire a shot through the congested ranks of Alloa defenders, but again Gallacher made the save.

Eventually Rangers found an equaliser, and it came from recent signing O'Halloran. An earlier effort from the former St Johnstone player had been well saved by Gallacher, but there was nothing the Alloa keeper could do about the strike which the forward fired into the net, much to the relief of the massed ranks of Rangers fans behind the goal.

A winner almost came, James Tavernier's header brilliantly tipped over by Gallacher.

Line-ups

Alloa

  • 41Gallacher
  • 19Finnie
  • 6MarrBooked at 62mins
  • 3Hill
  • 5Hamilton
  • 8O'Brien
  • 14McManus
  • 7Duffy
  • 18HetheringtonSubstituted forMcAuslandat 75'minutes
  • 23Megginson
  • 17LayneSubstituted forHolmesat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McAusland
  • 4Reintam
  • 10Holmes
  • 11Ferns
  • 20Williams
  • 21Crawford
  • 24Hynd

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 16Halliday
  • 19McKay
  • 23HoltSubstituted forKingat 65'minutes
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forMillerat 73'minutes
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forClarkat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bell
  • 6Ball
  • 7Law
  • 8Zelalem
  • 9Miller
  • 14Clark
  • 17King
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
3,100

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home3
Away25
Shots on Target
Home2
Away10
Corners
Home2
Away23
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Rangers 1.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mitchel Megginson.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Gallacher.

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rangers) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Burton O'Brien.

Attempt missed. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mitchel Megginson.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Burton O'Brien.

Attempt blocked. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Alloa Athletic 1, Rangers 1. Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Tavernier.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Finnie.

Attempt saved. Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Billy King (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Finnie (Alloa Athletic).

Foul by Barrie McKay (Rangers).

Michael Duffy (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Burton O'Brien.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Gallacher.

Attempt saved. Danny Wilson (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Kyle McAusland replaces Steven Hetherington.

Attempt saved. Billy King (Rangers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kenny Miller replaces Harry Forrester.

Nicky Clark (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dougie Hill (Alloa Athletic).

Attempt saved. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Graeme Holmes replaces Isaac Layne.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Mitchel Megginson (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Billy King replaces Jason Holt.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Finnie.

Foul by Harry Forrester (Rangers).

Connor McManus (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers24193266174960
2Hibernian23164338172152
3Falkirk24138340202047
4Queen of Sth229492228-631
5Raith Rovers228592428-429
6Morton237792326-328
7St Mirren2366112333-1024
8Dumbarton2364131941-2222
9Livingston2445152436-1217
10Alloa2434171346-3313
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