Di­a­monds come up just short

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Air­drie coach Stephen Find­lay be­lieves “fine mar­gins ”cost his side a point away to Al­loa on Satur­day.

The Di­a­monds failed to re­cover from a first-half strike from the Wasps’ Craig Mal­colm as they felt the st­ing of a team tar­get­ing pro­mo­tion this sea­son.

Air­drie now sit eighth in League One, four points ahead of bot­tom side Queen’s Park.

Speak­ing to Di­a­monds TV, Find­lay said: “There wasn’t a lot in to­day’s game but again we’ve come away with noth­ing which is very dis­ap­point­ing.

“It’s fine mar­gins at this level of foot­ball and that is what has cost us.

“It was a very sim­i­lar game to the one against East Fife at home ear­lier this sea­son.

“But it’s those games we need to be get­ting some­thing out of and we haven’t done that.”

Air­drie started well at Re­cre­ation Park with Luke Watt fir­ing over in the first minute af­ter for­mer Di­a­monds keeper Neil Parry punched clear a Jack Hastie cor­ner.

Bright spark Watt then shot just wide min­utes later af­ter a de­ter­mined run gave him half a sight of goal.

Tom Fry missed a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity mo­ments later af­ter Kieran Mac­Don­ald and Hastie com­bined down the left, but the Welsh­man couldn’t con­nect with the driven cut­back de­spite fac­ing an open goal.

Al­loa grew into the game as the half wore on but didn’t trou­ble Kyle Gourlay.

Yet the keeper was left pick­ing the ball out of his net five min­utes be­fore half-time.

A dip­ping cor­ner was nod­ded to­wards goal by the tow­er­ing Al­loa de­fender Andy Gra­ham.

A for­tu­nate break of the ball saw the knock­down land at the feet of Craig Mal­colm who blasted the ball into the net from five yards.

Air­drie dug deep in the sec­ond half and tried in vain to draw level.

Fry missed the tar­get with a header be­fore Watt shot wide shortly af­ter.

Jor­dan Al­lan’s pow­er­ful drive from the edge of the box also drew a good save from Parry.

That was as close as the away side came and Al­loa were given the chance to dou­ble their ad­van­tage from the penalty spot in stop­page time.

Gourlay saved from Gra­ham, but it was too lit­tle, too late.

Find­lay added: “We didn’t de­serve to lose the game.

“But I wanted a big per­for­mance and the play­ers didn’t give me one.”

Fine Mar­gins Fur­tado is chased by Al­loa play­ers

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