GREIG SPENCE insists he had no hesitation in taking the all-important penalty which ensured a crucial three points for Alloa in the League One title race.

The striker notched his 21st goal of the season as he calmly slotted home late from 12 yards against the Warriors on Saturday.

And though he realised the importance of converting the spot kick, he was more than happy to shoulder the pressure for his side.

Spence told Advertiser Sport: "I always feel I'm going to score, especially from penalties.

"I think that's my fourth this year but I think in situations like that you have to be over confident. It's a wee mind game with yourself.

"That goes through your head but you want to score winners, you want to score important goals for your team so it's a position I enjoy being in."

Stenhousemuir matched Alloa for most of the 90 minutes and Spence confessed he and his teammates did not play to their full potential.

He said: "Obviously the three points at this stage in the season are the most important, I don't think we played that well, as well as we could.

"You go through a season and you've got to grind out results.

"If you look at all the great teams that have won titles, they'll not play well every week and it's all about trying to find a way to get over the line. We managed to find that today."

The striker praised the impact that Dylan Mackin has had since joining on loan from Motherwell.

"The big man's came in and he's gave us a different sort of dimension," Spence added.

"I think teams were starting to suss out what was working for us and it threw a spanner in the works. I enjoy playing with him. He ties the centre halves up and I can peel into holes and get on the ball."

For much of the season Spence has operated as a lone striker but he has welcomed the support Mackin offers and believes the two have struck up a strong partnership.

He added: "At times you can be isolated up there. Sometimes if you're up there yourself, you have to challenge for headers yourself then chase the ball then get back in, whereas with him up there it means I can focus on what I'm good at."

And despite a mid-season dip in form. the Wasps hitman is confident that he is back to his best and has Livingston in his sights.

He said: "I think I went through a spell, maybe just after Christmas, where I wasn't as good as what I should have been.

"I got dropped against Livingston maybe five weeks ago now, and I think since then I've had a new lease of life and I feel I'm back to my best.

"I think as a team we're just trying to catch Livingston. Put a run of games together, try and put pressure on them and hopefully along the way I can chip in with goals."