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Alloa Athletic 1-0 Ross County: Leaders maintain advantage despite loss

Ross Stewart has a chance for Ross County against Alloa Athletic
Ross Stewart was unable to get Ross County level in Alloa

Ross County stay two points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship, despite suffering a second defeat in two league games at Alloa Athletic.

Dario Zanatta's strike curled sweetly into the net and moved bottom side Alloa to within two points of Falkirk.

Brian Graham, Michael Gardyne and Ross Stewart all had spurned for the leaders but they were spared by Dundee United losing at home to Queen of the South.

Alloa, meanwhile, remain three points from safety with six games to play.

Alloa Athletic manager Jim Goodwin: "That was a real team effort. It's our first clean sheet for a long time so I'm delighted with that.

"The players are loving life in the Championship and are willing to fight and scrap for every goal to maintain Championship status. We've been on a poor run and will take a lot of confidence from that win."

Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson: "We're disappointed. We came here to win but will dust ourselves down and go again.

"Credit to Alloa, who made it really difficult for us. We feel it's a missed opportunity."

Line-ups

Alloa

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 5Graham
  • 3Dick
  • 8Robertson
  • 6Hetherington
  • 11FlanniganBooked at 51mins
  • 23ShieldsSubstituted forHamiltonat 87'minutes
  • 10TroutenBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKirkpatrickat 82'minutes
  • 12AitchisonSubstituted forCawleyat 70'minutes
  • 19Zanatta

Substitutes

  • 7Cawley
  • 9Hamilton
  • 14Brown
  • 15Kirkpatrick
  • 16Karadachki
  • 17Peggie
  • 31Henry

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2FraserSubstituted forArmstrongat 76'minutes
  • 15WatsonSubstituted forGrivostiat 63'minutes
  • 12Boyle
  • 28van der Weg
  • 8Lindsay
  • 16SpenceBooked at 35minsSubstituted forStewartat 56'minutes
  • 26Cowie
  • 14MullinBooked at 57mins
  • 19GrahamBooked at 77mins
  • 7Gardyne

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 6Draper
  • 10McManus
  • 21Munro
  • 27Stewart
  • 31Armstrong
  • 44Grivosti
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
697

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Ross County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Ross County 0.

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Tom Grivosti.

Attempt blocked. Dario Zanatta (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Delay in match Neil Parry (Alloa Athletic) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ross Stewart (Ross County).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Jack Hamilton replaces Connor Shields.

Foul by Ross Stewart (Ross County).

Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kenny van der Weg (Ross County).

Andy Graham (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Ross Stewart (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Jordan Kirkpatrick replaces Alan Trouten.

Josh Mullin (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic).

Foul by Ross Stewart (Ross County).

Andy Graham (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Steven Hetherington.

Booking

Brian Graham (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Daniel Armstrong replaces Marcus Fraser.

Foul by Tom Grivosti (Ross County).

Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ross Stewart (Ross County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Kevin Cawley replaces Jack Aitchison.

Delay in match Marcus Fraser (Ross County) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Ross Stewart (Ross County).

Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Tom Grivosti replaces Keith Watson because of an injury.

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic).

Attempt saved. Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County29176650282257
2Dundee Utd3116784237555
3Ayr28137843281546
4Inverness CT30111364133846
5Dunfermline30117123032-240
6Morton29810112739-1234
7Queen of Sth2989123736133
8Partick Thistle3095163447-1332
9Falkirk30710133140-931
10Alloa3078153146-1529
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