Diamonds come up just short
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.”
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