FRANK McKeown revealed that Alloa’s squad are fired up to improve on their recent results – despite the Wasps going 10 games unbeaten in League One.
McKeown has been an ever-present throughout the run, which has seen them draw three of their last four games.
And the former Stranraer defender admitted that they need to start building momentum ahead of the end-of-season playoffs.
McKeown told Advertiser Sport: “We are unbeaten in 10 but we have not been good enough and the boys know that. If we are going to get promoted we will have to be much better.
"It looks like it’s going to be the playoffs and it’s so important to go into those games with momentum behind you. Every team in the playoffs will fancy their chances of getting through.
"If it’s going to be us we have to improve.
“The boys are not happy that we’re 10 games unbeaten, they are acknowledging that things haven’t been good enough. That shows the standard we expect of ourselves.
"We are sitting in second and are more than likely going to be in the playoffs, but results like the ones we have been having are not the way we want to finish the season.”
The Wasps’ latest draw came at home to Albion Rovers, and McKeown says the frustrating stalemate typified Alloa’s season.
He said: “We were on top for the majority of the game. With the amount of possession and chances we had, we should have got the three points.
"We didn’t move the ball quickly enough and didn’t get enough bodies in the box. To be honest it’s the story of our season; we’ve had too many draws and not taken our chances.
"We have conceded a few bad goals as well so we have got to be better at both ends.
“Teams have got to grips with how we play so we need to learn to manage the game better and be more patient. Against Brechin we got away with it but in general over the last few weeks we have not been clinical enough.
"We have to want it more and generally get ourselves back to the level we were at a few weeks ago.”
McKeown and his team-mates travel to Livingston on Saturday for a do-or-die clash in which a failure to win would see their opponents crowned champions, and the centre-back believes the squad will be motivated to prevent that happening.
He added: “Games against the top teams are the ones you want to play in.
"They could win the league next week and we obviously don’t want that so we will be motivated to stop them doing it. We drew with them at home, but we were very good that day.
"We have had two disappointing draws in a row so we have to pick ourselves up from that.
"We will be right up for the game because there is no way we want a team to win a league title against us, especially when it’s the team we have been chasing all season.”