By David Buick
Alloa came from behind to secure a good 3-1 away victory against play-off pushing Dunfermline.
It all started so positively for the hosts. Kevin Nisbet once again found himself on the scoresheet to hand the Pars a lead but Adam Brown hit back almost instantly.
Peter Grant’s side took the lead four minutes after Nisbet’s opener. This time it was Kevin O’Hara who found himself on the scoresheet before an Iain Flannigan penalty secured a Wasps win.
Dunfermline remain in fifth whilst Alloa are now two points off Morton in ninth. Here are three things we learned.
Well-drilled Alloa a problem for Dunfermline once again
Alloa continued their fantastic record as they once again thwarted the Pars at East End Park to record an important three points in their battle against the drop.
Dunfermline haven’t beaten the Wasps at home since 2013 and those struggles continued on a disappointing afternoon for the Fifers. The resolute visitors defended very well throughout and were clinical in the final third.
Alloa punished the Pars for slack defending and looked increasingly threatening as the game went on. Goals from O’Hara, Brown and a penalty from Flannigan sealed a well-earned and important victory for the Wasps.
Mixed bag for Nisbet
Nisbet continued his impressive scoring form as he made it 15 league goals for the season, however, this afternoon didn’t go all his way.
The Pars striker started the game well and looked in his usual threatening form. He forced a wonderful double save from Jamie MacDonald in the Alloa goal before putting the Pars in the lead with a well-placed header.
Nisbet’s afternoon then took a turn for the worse as Dunfermline struggled in the second half with Alloa growing into the game and running in to a comfortable lead. He then unfortunately gave away a penalty which was converted to hand Alloa the win.
Tough run over festive period
Having been on a run of four wins in a row at the start of the month, December has ended with three defeats in a row for Stevie Crawford.
Defeats away to Dundee and Inverness combined with the Wasps defeat leaves Dunfermline looking over their shoulder’s, especially with Queen of the South and Arbroath winning.
January is promising to be a tough month with games against sides above the Pars on the horizon, factored in with the potential of losing loanees like Kiltie, McDonald and Cochrane to their parent clubs.