ALAN Trouten says his wonder goal means nothing because Alloa were defeated at the weekend.

Trouten’s free-kick from the centre circle will undoubtedly go down as the club’s – and perhaps the league’s – goal of the season.

However, he says it meant nothing as the team lost the game.

“It’s bittersweet because we got beat,” he told Advertiser Sport. “When you score and you get beat, the goals mean nothing. It might be one of them when I look back at the end of the season and say it was a good goal.

“When I took kick-off after they scored their first, I had a look at the goalie and noticed his starting position was well off his line. I thought about shooting but he moved back a couple of yards.

“When we got the free kick, I politely asked Ray [Grant] to step aside and thought I might as well try it. Thankfully for me I’ve pulled it off and it gets us back in the game but unfortunately it ends up going the way it does.”

The goal levelled the score after Ayr took the lead, but the home side would score another three without reply.

Trouten continued: “I think, playing the game and seeing it back, we were well in the game. I never felt as if it was a 4-1 game, obviously the score line looks a lot worse than when you watch the game, but I thought the game was pretty close.

“The goals we give away are poor, then they run away with the game. It doesn’t look great in the end and it’s a sore one. We need to do better.

“You seem to find when you’re down the bottom of the league these wee bits of luck don’t go for you but we know we need to be better, at both ends of the pitch.

“We’re conceding terrible goals and we’re not creating too much which is a bad mix, but it’s only up to us to fix it when it comes to [a] Saturday.”

With no wins so far in 2021, Trouten knows how important the run of games in February is for the club.

He said: “We know we need to start picking up points otherwise it’s going to be an uncomfortable and unenjoyable season for us.

“We’ve got to go into these games and get our fingers out and start winning games. Hopefully we can do that on Saturday [against Queen of the South].

“We’re confident going into every game, we always believe we’ve got the players to hurt teams and to win games but we need to start showing that on the pitch, hopefully we can do that on Saturday because we know how big these games are.”