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Alloa Athletic 0-1 Rangers

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at the Indodrill Stadium

Rangers recorded a first victory of the season over Alloa, who remain in the relegation play-off place with no wins in their last eight league games.

Nicky Law's 10th goal of the season proved to be crucial as Rangers maintained their pursuit of Hearts.

In often tricky conditions, Kenny McDowall's side could and should have scored more.

But Alloa themselves had opportunities to score and threatened to further dent Rangers' promotion push.

Instead it was a first win on the road for McDowall as manager and though it was short of convincing, the three points and clean sheet were welcomed by the travelling support.

As Rangers' off-field travails continue to cause sleepless nights for those fans, the on-field fare has generally offered scant relief.

Indeed, had Liam Buchanan's early lob over Steve Simonsen finished in the net rather than narrowly wide, Alloa could have been on course for another upset.

As it was, Law soon had Rangers in front, side-footing past Craig McDowall from close range, set up by Jon Daly.

They perhaps should have been further ahead by half-time, with the sprightly Kenny Miller's shot off the post the closest they came to achieving that.

David Templeton and Fraser Aird might have made the victory look a more polished one had they each not had powerful shots well kept out by McDowall.

But Alloa were never out of the game, playing some nice football and Simonsen had to react well to push away Greig Spence's well-hit free kick.

And when Kyle Hutton managed to divert a Buchanan cross over his own bar when it looked for a second as though it might end up in the net, Alloa's chances came to an end as did their recent supremacy over their opponents.

Line-ups

Alloa

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 21McDowall
  • 17Doyle
  • 4Gordon
  • 14Benedictus
  • 5Meggatt
  • 6SimmonsSubstituted forFernsat 84'minutes
  • 7Cawley
  • 10Holmes
  • 3DochertySubstituted forSpenceat 64'minutes
  • 8McCord
  • 19Buchanan

Substitutes

  • 2Tiffoney
  • 9Spence
  • 11Ferns
  • 12Weatherston
  • 15Marr
  • 18Hetherington
  • 31Couser

Rangers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Simonsen
  • 23Foster
  • 24McGregor
  • 6McCulloch
  • 5Wallace
  • 11TempletonSubstituted forAirdat 67'minutes
  • 20Hutton
  • 7Law
  • 2Smith
  • 18MillerSubstituted forClarkat 85'minutes
  • 9DalySubstituted forBoydat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Aird
  • 8Black
  • 14Clark
  • 15Boyd
  • 16Faure
  • 22Shiels
  • 25Robinson
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
3,012

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Rangers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Rangers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Graeme Holmes.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Edward Ferns (Alloa Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Nicky Clark (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Kyle Hutton.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Kenny Miller.

  10. Post update

    Ryan McCord (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Miller (Rangers).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Edward Ferns replaces Stephen Simmons.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Graeme Holmes (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Law (Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Kenny Miller (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Kenny Miller (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts20173052104254
2Rangers20132542202241
3Hibernian2096537221533
4Queen of Sth1995534241032
5Falkirk208662726130
6Raith Rovers197392136-1524
7Dumbarton2064102144-2322
8Cowdenbeath2043131943-2415
9Alloa2034131631-1513
10Livingston2034131831-138
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