Match Preview | Alloa Athletic

Match Preview | Alloa Athletic

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   MORTON versus Alloa Athletic

Saturday 16 March 2019
Cappielow Park, Greenock
Kick-off 3pm

by Jonathan McQuillan

Scene Setter

Morton will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat against Ross County as they host Alloa Athletic in the Ladbrokes Championship at Cappielow tomorrow afternoon.

Jim Goodwin’s Alloa side, with only one win and five losses in their last six fixtures, will be looking to pick up some points to lift themselves off the bottom of the league.

Meanwhile, Jonatan Johansson’s Ton still have their sights firmly on that final playoff place, and a win tomorrow could bring The Ton within three points of fourth place with just seven games left remaining

Morton are also unbeaten at home in 2019, only conceding one goal at Cappielow since the turn of the year and they will be looking to keep that home momentum running with another positive result against The Wasp’s tomorrow.

Gaffer’s Thoughts

Speaking to GMFC.net Jonatan Johansson gave his thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s league encounter. He said: “It’s going to be a tough game, looking back at Alloa previously this season we know it’ll be a physical battle.

“They’re a team that make themselves hard to beat and try to hit opponents on the break. Our last two games have been incredibly tight with us conceding three penalties and a freaky own goal.

“We’re all well aware of how they play and we know what we have to do to cause them problems.

“I was disappointed to lose last week and so were the players because we felt that we dominated in large parts of the game. The manner in which we lost the goals is something we’ve looked at and at home we need to create more chances than we did away at Ross County.

“For every club, games in the last quarter of the season are vital, whether fighting relegation or aiming for promotion they’re tough matches to be played with very little to separate the teams sometimes.

“It’s important we keep our home form going, in the last two games at Cappielow we’ve created a lot of chances, as well as away last week at Ross County but it’s up to us to start taking them”.

Team News

Long term absentees Rory McKeown and Denny Johnstone remain sidelined with McKeown still recovering from a calf injury sustained in January during training and Johnstone still trying to come back from a knee injury that is ruled him out for the majority of the season.

Striker Bob McHugh misses out again after the Ton’s top goalscorer was taken off injured against Queen of the South two weeks ago.

Morton Milestones and Significant Stats

10 – Striker Bob McHugh is Morton’s top scorer this term with ten goals in 24 starts and six substitute appearances.

12 – Midfielder Michael Tidser is Morton’s top creator with 12 direct assists in 28 starts.

100 – Striker Gary Oliver will make his 100th appearance for the club if selected.

150 – Defender Lee Kilday made his 150th appearance for the club last week against Ross County.

250 – Michael Tidser recently made his 250th appearance for the club against Inverness a few weeks ago.

Current Connections

Striker Robert Thomson spent the first half of the 2012/13 season on loan with then-Second Division Alloa, scoring four goals in 15 appearances before returning to Dundee United.

The Wasps count four former Ton players as squad members in captain Andy Graham, who played with his boyhood club in season 2011/12, right-back Scott Taggart, midfielder Iain Flannigan, and former youth player Alan Trouten.

Head to Head

Sat 19 Mar 2016: Morton 4-1 Alloa Athletic (Ladbrokes Championship)

Sat 11 Aug 2018: Alloa Athletic 0-2 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)

Sat 10 Nov 2018: Morton 0-2 Alloa Athletic (Ladbrokes Championship)

Sat 12 Jan 2019: Alloa Athletic 2-1 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)

Last Time Round

Despite an early goal from Chris Millar, Morton lost to Alloa in January after a second half penalty and a freak own goal secured all three points for the Wasp’s.

Former Ton youth Alan Trouten, who slotted home a spot-kick in Alloa’s previous 2-0 win at Cappielow last November, would prove successful again on this occasion, netting the ball past former Ton keeper Ryan Scully into the bottom-left corner.

Alloa found the match winner in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Kerr Waddell sliced a miscued clearance into his own net after Rory McKeown’s blocked clearance spun back along the bye-line towards goal.

Officials

Referee: Steven Kirkland

Assistant one: Graham Chambers

Assistant two: David McKniff

Fan File

Admission prices are:

Adult | Fan Card: £18, Ticket: £20
Concession (Over 65, Student, and Under 21s) | Fan Card: £13, Ticket: £15
Child (12 – 17)^ | Fan Card: £5, Ticket: £5
Child (Under-12)* | Fan Card: £1, Ticket: £1

^Proof of entitlement must be provided for concessionary tickets, while proof of age is required for children between 12 and 17 and those between 18 and 20.
*Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Please note, prices apply irrespective of the day or time of purchase.

Supporters are asked to purchase in advance where possible in order to avoid excessive queues at the ticket office on a matchday.

Briefs can still be bought from the following outlets:

Smiths of Greenock – During opening hours, 9am – 5.30pm

Sinclair Street ticket office – Saturday matchdays from 12pm to 3pm

Tickets can also be purchased in advance online at www.gmfctickets.co.uk or by calling the club on 01475 723571. These can be collected at the ticket office on matchday.

All home fixtures are also available to be pre-loaded onto fan cards via Interstadia’s dedicated club website, www.gmfctickets.co.uk.

Children Under-12 Go Free With Season Card

Children Under-12 in possession of a season card attend all home league fixtures free of charge, and parents are encouraged to sign their kids up for the campaign if they have not already done so.

Those children without a season card will be required to purchase a physical match ticket with scannable barcode at a cost of £1.

You can order or renew your child’s season ticket online by CLICKING HERE or by contacting club secretary Brendan McEleny on admin@gmfc.net or calling 01475 723571.