Alloa taught us a les­son

De­fender Doyle says de­feat was warn­ing

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - HARDROCK CHALLENGE - Kenny Mac­Don­ald

De­fender Michael Doyle ad­mit­ted he took a large chunk of the blame for Queen of the South trail­ing by three goals to Alloa last week­end.

But the former Celtic and Morton stop­per reck­ons it was just the warn­ing they needed ahead of to­mor­row’s Irn-Bru Cup clash at East Fife.

Doyle in­sisted Queens were far from guilty of un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the part-time Wasps team and added: “They just came out on the front foot and every­thing they did went right for them while every­thing we did went wrong.

“And when you lose a goal af­ter just three min­utes then your whole game plan goes out the win­dow.

“The back four take re­spon­si­bil­ity for that and I take re­spon­si­bil­ity even more be­cause I am the ex­pe­ri­enced one at the back.

“But we just can­not con­cede three goals and maybe it was the kick up the bum we need ahead of the East Fife game.”

Queens nose­dived in the open­ing 25 min­utes of the Cham­pi­onship clash at Palmer­ston when Iain Flan­ni­gan put Wasps ahead in three min­utes be­fore two more goals from Jake Hastie and Con­nor Shields looked to have clinched the points.

But tal­is­man striker Stephen Dob­bie en­tered the fray with a dy­namic dou­ble be­fore the in­ter­val then fired home a 70th minute lev­eller.

And Doon­hamers de­fender Doyle added: “We didn’t un­der es­ti­mate Alloa at all.

“Their man­ager Jim Good­win was good enough to let me do my pre­sea­son train­ing with them when I was strug­gling to stay full-time and I knew how good a team they were.

“I will al­ways thank Jim for that and I think he will go on to be a re­ally good man­ager at a big­ger, full-time team.

“Alloa have a good record of their man­agers go­ing on to big­ger clubs like Paul Hart­ley and Jack Ross. “And Jim will be the same. “We now have to take the pos­i­tives from our game with Alloa and to come back from 3-0 down just shows you that we have a bit of char­ac­ter about us.

“And be­ing un­der­dogs can work in your favour in these games. So we need to cut out the mis­takes and we sim­ply can­not af­ford to con­cede goals again the way we did against Alloa.”

Stop­per QoS’s Michael Doyle (left) bat­tles with ICT’s Tom Walsh

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