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Alloa Athletic 0-2 Greenock Morton

Chris Millar scored twice for Greenock Morton
Chris Millar scored twice for Greenock Morton

Chris Millar's first goals of his second spell with Greenock Morton was enough to give the visitors a hard fought away win against Alloa Athletic.

It was the veteran midfielder's first league goals since December 2014.

He cleverly made space in the penalty box before angling a drive into the far corner of the net.

The second was an absolute stunner; the ball breaking to him 30 yards from goal and he lashed it past goalkeeper Neil Parry.

Millar, who spent 10 years with the Perth club, may not have been a prolific scorer during his career but this pair were as impressive as they were important.

That confirmed Ray McKinnon's first league win as Morton manager, but Alloa Athletic counterpart Jim Goodwin could be pleased with the work rate shown by his Championship newcomers.

Manager reaction

Alloa Athletic manager Jim Goodwin: "At 1-0 it's a stonewall penalty for us from where I'm standing. The linesman is on our side and he's got as clear a picture as I have of it and these are the big decisions you need to go you way.

"It's very easy to give fouls in and around the middle of the pitch but it was quite an obvious one for me.

"Greig Spence got the wrong side of the defender, he's got a free header at goal if the defender doesn't touch him but the defender barges into the back of him and it looks a clear penalty."

Greenock Morton midfielder Chris Millar: "I'm delighted to get the goals as it's important that we try to chip in from midfield and other forward areas, and obviously the second goal was a collector's item being a long ranger.

"Credit to Alloa as the dug in and made us work very hard for the three points so it has been a decent start to the season for us.

"I'm ambitious for the club and the manager is as well, but we need to be as there are seven or eight teams in this league that can fight for the play-off places and the title as well.

"I'm 35 now and I'm hoping to play for at least two seasons and I want some success here and for me that means helping this team up to the next division."

Line-ups

Alloa

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 5Graham
  • 16KaradachkiBooked at 14mins
  • 3Dick
  • 6Hetherington
  • 14BrownSubstituted forCawleyat 59'minutes
  • 10Trouten
  • 11FlanniganBooked at 74mins
  • 15Hastie
  • 9Spence

Substitutes

  • 7Cawley
  • 8Robertson
  • 17Peggie
  • 20Goodwin
  • 31Henry

Morton

  • 23Scully
  • 14Tumilty
  • 2Kilday
  • 4Buchanan
  • 25McKeown
  • 7Millar
  • 8McAlister
  • 12TidserBooked at 90mins
  • 6TelferSubstituted forOliverat 66'minutes
  • 19MacLeanBooked at 26mins
  • 11McHughSubstituted forWaddellat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 3Iredale
  • 5Waddell
  • 10Thomson
  • 18Oliver
  • 20Bell
  • 22Armour
Referee:
Alan Newlands
Attendance:
836

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Morton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Morton 2.

Booking

Michael Tidser (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic).

Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Reghan Tumilty.

Attempt missed. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Kerr Waddell replaces Bob McHugh.

Attempt missed. Chris Millar (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Reghan Tumilty.

Foul by Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic).

Ross MacLean (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Alloa Athletic 0, Morton 2. Chris Millar (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Bob McHugh following a corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Iain Flannigan.

Attempt blocked. Bob McHugh (Morton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Reghan Tumilty.

Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

Booking

Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic).

Jim McAlister (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Reghan Tumilty.

Attempt blocked. Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic).

Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Hastie (Alloa Athletic).

Ross MacLean (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Gary Oliver replaces Charlie Telfer.

Attempt missed. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Reghan Tumilty.

Attempt missed. Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Kevin Cawley replaces Adam Brown.

Foul by Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic).

Charlie Telfer (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Zdravko Karadachki (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bob McHugh (Morton).

Foul by Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic).

Ross MacLean (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Ross County22004136
2Morton21104224
3Ayr21102024
4Inverness CT21101014
5Dundee Utd21014403
6Dunfermline210145-13
7Partick Thistle210123-13
8Queen of Sth201134-11
9Falkirk200213-20
10Alloa200203-30
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