Feb 16 2009 By Matthew Clark, Daily Record
PAUL HARKINS reckons some of his Queen's
Park mates still had their minds on Celtic Park during Alloa's smash
and grab win.
The Spiders gave the display of their lives in the Homecoming Scottish Cup-tie against Celtic last week, narrowly losing out.
However, it was back to league business on Saturday and some of the Queen's squad found it hard to come back down to earth after the Parkhead heroics. Playing most of the second half with 10 men after the sending-off of Barry Douglas didn't help.
Harkins said: "We should have been up for it today and last week should have been forgotten about because the Celtic game is gone. We had to be ready for the Alloa match because it was much more important. We weren't and we've paid the price for it.
"Barry isn't saying much about the sending-off - in fact he's not saying anything.
"There were a lot of tackles flying in and I'm surprised we didn't see more red cards."
It may have been Valentine's Day but there was certainly no love in the air between these two.
At times, it was all-out war and there were tasty tackles being dished out all over the place.
Alloa should have taken the lead inside the opening two minutes. Greig Spence flicked the ball into Stuart Noble but a combination of poor finishing and a great block by keeper David Crawford saw the chance go a begging.
Instead, it was Queen's who drew first blood in 11 minutes after Ian Watt had got to the byeline. When he drilled the ball into the danger area it broke to Harkins who blasted home from close range.
Two moments of sheer stupidity saw the Spiders reduced to 10 men minutes after half-time when Douglas picked up two quick bookings for fouls.
The second challenge awarded Alloa a free-kick that landed at the feet of Spence and the 17-year-old fired home his first goal in his first start for the Wasps.
With two minutes left the villain of the afternoon turned hero when Noble shrugged off Jamie Brough's challenge to fire an unstoppable shot into the net.
Wasps boss Allan Maitland said: "Noble has done really well since coming on loan from Airdrie so we've extended his spell here until mid-April."
Spiders boss Gardner Speirs said: "Losing a goal so late on is asore one to take."