ALLOA striker Dylan Mackin says his side never recovered after falling behind in last Saturday’s crucial League One title decider against Livingston.
The Wasps passed up a number of early chances, before a wondergoal from former Alloa man Scott Pittman turned the game on its head.
They fell two behind in the second half, and although Mackin pulled a goal back for the visitors, he admitted they did not create enough chances to trouble Livingston, who were crowned champions as a result of their victory.
Mackin told Advertiser Sport: “We could have been two or three up inside the first 10 minutes but it wasn’t to be. We have been very unlucky with a couple of efforts which have come back off the post. Scott Pittman scored an absolute screamer and to be honest we didn’t really recover after that.
"After they went two up the game was pretty much done, and although I got one back it wasn’t enough. We got a few balls into the box and scared them a little bit when it was 2-1 but we didn’t actually cause them too many problems.”
The young striker says it’s now crucial that the Wasps rediscover the form which saw them go ten games unbeaten prior to the encounter in West Lothian ahead of the end-of-season playoff battle.
Mackin said: “Before the game we were on ten-game unbeaten run so we have to get back to that form as quickly as we can. Our only route out of the division now is the playoffs so it’s really important that we have a good run of form behind us going into those games.
"We need to start killing teams off. We have had plenty of chances in quite a few games recently but not taken them, and it’s time for us to start being more clinical in front of goal.”
Mackin’s loan spell from Motherwell is set to come to an end when the season reaches its conclusion, and although he admitted he is yet to be offered a new deal at Fir Park, he feels he has benefitted hugely from his time with the Wasps.
He added: “I do feel like I have improved as a player. I have said before that nothing improves you like playing in the senior leagues against big, strong defenders. The plan right now for me is still to go back to Motherwell at the end of the season and try to force my way into the reckoning there.
"I haven’t been offered a new deal there yet but if I can keep playing and scoring then I’m hopeful the offer will be there.”