Scottish Championship
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Arbroath 2-1 Alloa Athletic: hosts edge closer to play-offs

Arbroath kept up their unlikely pursuit of the Scottish Championship play-off places with a 2-1 win over fellow part-timers Alloa Athletic.

Last season's League One winners remain fifth, but after Inverness CT lost to Dundee United, Dick Campbell's men move within three points of the top four.

Bobby Linn put Arbroath in front, with Luke Donnelly adding a second.

Alan Trouten pulled one pack for Alloa before half-time, but they failed to grab a leveller after the break.

Peter Grant's side stay in ninth, occupying the relegation play-off position.

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell: "Alloa might just be the best team we have played so far, which makes this an even better result.

"I'm not interested in a play off place at this stage. To get 17 points so far is great and three times that over the stretch of the season will definitely keep us up, which is what I am more interested in."

Alloa Athletic manager Peter Grant: "That was tough on us, we were excellent, but we cannot afford to give goals away in the manner we did.

"This is a very, very difficult place to come, but we might have got at least a point. We are short of numbers and we have a few big players missing, but we are not here to make excuses."

Line-ups

Arbroath

  • 21Gaston
  • 19Stirling
  • 4Little
  • 5O'Brien
  • 3Hamilton
  • 16StewartSubstituted forKaderat 78'minutes
  • 22VirtanenBooked at 67mins
  • 6Whatley
  • 7Gold
  • 11LinnSubstituted forMcKennaat 78'minutes
  • 15DonnellySubstituted forSpenceat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jamieson
  • 8McKenna
  • 9Doris
  • 12Kader
  • 14Spence
  • 18Murphy
  • 20Campbell

Alloa

  • 41MacDonald
  • 2Taggart
  • 5Graham
  • 4Deas
  • 8Robertson
  • 14BrownSubstituted forBuchananat 77'minutes
  • 11Flannigan
  • 6Hetherington
  • 18MalcolmSubstituted forThomsonat 63'minutes
  • 10TroutenBooked at 87mins
  • 17O'Hara

Substitutes

  • 9Buchanan
  • 16Gilhooley
  • 19Thomson
  • 20O'Donnell
  • 31Henry
Referee:
Graham Beaton
Attendance:
921

Match Stats

Home TeamArbroathAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Arbroath 2, Alloa Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arbroath 2, Alloa Athletic 1.

Attempt missed. Robert Thomson (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Miko Virtanen (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Gold (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic).

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Ben Stirling.

Attempt missed. Michael McKenna (Arbroath) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Ben Stirling (Arbroath).

Robert Thomson (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. David Gold (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Michael McKenna replaces Bobby Linn.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Omar Kader replaces Scott Stewart.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Liam Buchanan replaces Adam Brown.

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

Attempt blocked. Adam Brown (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Adam Brown (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. David Gold (Arbroath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Greig Spence (Arbroath) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Miko Virtanen (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Miko Virtanen (Arbroath).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Greig Spence replaces Luke Donnelly.

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Arbroath).

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

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Robert Thomson replaces Blair Malcolm.

Foul by Luke Donnelly (Arbroath).

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

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Attempt saved. Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Ben Stirling (Arbroath).

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

Attempt missed. David Gold (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Jon Robertson.

Miko Virtanen (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic).

Foul by David Gold (Arbroath).

Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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