Alloa taught us a lesson
Defender Doyle says defeat was warning
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