Michael Weir: Name in hat is really all that matters

Alloa goalkeeper Craig McDowall is helpless as a header from David Gray (out of picture) loops into the net. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Alloa goalkeeper Craig McDowall is helpless as a header from David Gray (out of picture) loops into the net. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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When playing teams lying beneath you in the league ladder, getting your name in the hat for the next round is all that matters.

Having lost already this season in Clackmannanshire, we knew facing Alloa away would be tricky. I am sure the players would have wanted to atone for that 2-1 defeat earlier in the season and despite finding ourselves a goal down through a bad error from Mark Oxley, they
responded in the correct manner to grind out the result and seal our passage into the last 16.

We are now on a six-game winning stint on the road and this succession of victories has given the players more belief. I must admit that I had my doubts earlier in the season whether or not this group of players had the ability to go on such an impressive run. However, their resilience and desire in recent weeks has really caught the eye.

I am sure Alan Stubbs will know from his playing days with Celtic just how much this particular competition means to everyone at Easter Road and the supporters. After the heartache of last season, the Scottish Cup is perhaps not an overriding priority this year with promotion back to the Premiership very much at the top of the wish list, but a good cup run always brings the possibility of extra revenue and keeps the self-belief together within the squad.

Let’s not forget though that our home form must improve significantly if we are to be in the running for the end of season prizes. Could an away tie be just what we need in this afternoon’s draw?

One or two of the new additions have settled in well and are now showing their worth to the team with some solid performances.

The only downside of the weekend’s win was the sending off of Dominique Malonga for an off-the-ball incident. With him in such good form, his suspension is certainly going to be a blow.

We’re back to league business this weekend looking to make it seven consecutive victories away from home when we visit the Falkirk Stadium. Despite Malonga’s absence, we will be confident of adding another three points and avenging that home defeat to the Bairns earlier in the campaign.