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Preview: Alloa Athletic v St Mirren

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Preview: Alloa Athletic v St Mirren
by Ryan Goodwin
St Mirren face a trip to bottom-side Alloa Athletic tomorrow as the teams currently enter the final six games of the season.
Whilst still mathematically possible, defeat to Raith on Tuesday has left the Buddies with little chance of finishing in the promotion playoff spots and Championship football is almost a certainty in Paisley next season.
The Saints can still finish way above their current seventh spot however, starting with Saturday’s game at Alloa.
The Wasps currently sit in last place, and have done for much of the season. Currently sitting ten points below Livingston, Alloa will need a huge run to avoid relegation. Such a run looks unlikely however, as Jack Ross’ side have been winless in their last 10 games – with their last win coming on 12th January in a 1-0 away win over Raith Rovers.
With only 3 wins from their 30 games thus far, and having only scored 17 goals (whilst conceding 62), The Wasps have had a difficult time this season, and with St Mirren still a much-changed side since Alex Rae came in, that could very much so continue tomorrow.
Having not won a home game all season – a feat St Mirren up till recently could sympathise with – Alloa will be desperate to turn their record at The Indodrill Stadium around tomorrow.
St Mirren though, despite losing out on their promotion hopes, have been boosted with the recent scoring form of Lawrence Shankland and Stevie Mallan. The two players have continued to be key goal threats the past few weeks and one might expect that to perhaps continue tomorrow.
Therefore with tomorrow’s trip to The Indodrill Stadium looking bleak in terms of playoff chances, Alloa’s hopes of avoiding relegation are also on their last string. They are fighting for their lives, and could be encouraged to give it their all against the Buddies, which should make for an entertaining game regardless.