No excuses for display at Alloa says Dundee United midfielder Adam Barton

Dundee United midfielder Adam Barton struggled to dictate the tempo of the        match as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Alloa Athletic.
Dundee United midfielder Adam Barton struggled to dictate the tempo of the match as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Alloa Athletic.

Dundee United midfielder Adam Barton insists they can have no excuses for their poor performance at Alloa despite the tough conditions.

The Terrors drew 1-1 with Jim Goodwin’s side on Saturday in a game they were expected to win.

The synthetic surface at the Indodrill Stadium was narrowed for United’s visit and the hosts made life difficult for Csaba Laszlo’s men throughout.

Despite opening the scoring through a Paul Watson header on 71 minutes, as well as enjoying some bright spells in the second half, the Wasps were always in control.

A sublime Iain Flannigan free-kick earned Alloa a well-deserved point and it could’ve been more.

Barton said: “If we want to win the league, these are the places you’ve got to go and do the job.

“What frustrates me is people on the outside, particularly the fans, who were there in good numbers on Saturday. They don’t understand how difficult it is to go to places like Alloa and do what you usually do.

“Looking at the pitch, compared to Tannadice it’s completely different altogether, so you have to adjust your game. Alloa are playing there nearly every week so they’re used to it.

“You’ve got that against you but it’s not just us, it’s going to be every team that goes there.

“It was a difficult task on Saturday but again that’s an excuse and we shouldn’t have excuses.

“We should be going there and doing the job.”

Midfielder Christoph Rabitsch.

Barton and central-midfield partner Christoph Rabitsch endured a difficult afternoon as Alloa’s Allan Trouten and Steven Hetherington engaged them in a physical battle.

And the 27-year-old Englishman admits they lost control of the match.

“We didn’t control the game at all, it’s as simple as that, we tried and couldn’t. It’s just the way the game was,” he added.

“I’m sure at home it will be a completely different game but we weren’t used to the conditions and the width of the pitch, so it was tough.

“I thought we deserved a point. I don’t think we deserved to win the game and fair play to them because they gave everything they’ve got.

“We went to Alloa knowing it was not going to be easy. We didn’t underestimate them but they just played their game very well.

“Even in midfield I drop in to get the ball and we mostly look like a back three.

“We couldn’t do that against Alloa because it would give them a chance to press us and we were unable to do that.

“That was one way in which we were affected in the way we like to play but I’m sure a lot of teams will go there and struggle to play their game.”

Barton was honest in his assessment of the performance and says United’s players are not used to a more physical game but insists he knows they’ll need to get used to it.

“It turned into a bit of a scrap. We don’t set up to play that kind of football and we don’t have the players who do that.

“A lot of people would say you need to be able to adapt to most games but even the best players in the world don’t do the scrappy side of things. It’s just the way it is.

“It’s in your nature, you can’t work on the physical side on the training pitch, you can work on being organised and having a better structure but you can’t go into training and work on aggression.

“It just doesn’t happen and if you’re an aggressive person, great – if you’re not then you’re not.

“You can’t wake up one day and say ‘I’m going to be aggressive’.

“We’re not bothered about the play-offs, we want to win the league and we need to go to Alloa and win.”