Csaba rues misfortune of Alloa draw courtesy of ‘Goal of the Year’

Alloa's Iain Flannigan (No 11) scored a delightful, dipping free-kick to make it 1-1
Alloa's Iain Flannigan (No 11) scored a delightful, dipping free-kick to make it 1-1

Dundee United boss Csaba Laszlo insists his side would have taken all three points at Alloa on Saturday if it wasn’t for Iain Flannigan’s ‘Goal of the Year’.

Flannigan’s dipping, curling free-kick on 82 minutes at the Indodrill Stadium cancelled out United defender Paul Watson’s headed opener 11 minutes earlier.

The 1-1 draw means the Terrors sit fourth in the Championship table, two behind leaders Ross County, as they head into an Irn-Bru Cup meeting with the Wasps at Tannadice this weekend.

Dundee united manager Csaba Laszlo at full time

Csaba conceded Jim Goodwin’s side deserved their share of the spoils but feels they were undone by the winger’s wonder goal.

“I think I must be fair and say, at the end of the day, it was a fair result,” Csaba said.

“In the first-half we were not as sharp as we must be, second was better.

“We went in front and we just had to keep the result, this was a game in which we definitely have to control after the opening goal.

“I think also we tried but we made a huge mistake with the goal.

“Especially with 10 minutes to go, you have the ball, you are fit and are 20 yards from your opponents’ goal and it looks like a counter-attack.

“After, you lose the ball and go back with the counter-attack and lose the free-kick 20 yards from your own goal.

“It was really a fantastic free-kick though – I think this was the Goal of the Year.

“Honestly, you can’t do nothing and after you have to say how stupid it was to lose two points but OK we keep one.”

The Tangerines had their chances to win the match in the second half, in particular, with Craig Curran and Frederic Frans going close and Yannick Loemba also having a strike ruled out for offside moments after Watson’s header.

And Csaba was frustrated they couldn’t take their chances as he knows it was a game United should be taking maximum points from in order to stay on course for winning the league and, crucially, automatic promotion to the Premiership.

He added: “Like I’ve said before, if you play away and you take one point sometimes it’s OK, but I am not really happy about the result on Saturday.

“Generally, I think at the end of the day we went home and we were angry that we lost two points.”