ALLOA boss Jim Goodwin was full of praise for his players’ character following their stunning victory over Brechin at the Indodrill Stadium last Saturday.
The Wasps fell behind in the first half of the encounter but roared back to record a comprehensive victory.
And the manager could not hide his delight after an afternoon which saw his side bounce back from the disappointment of losing out on the League One title.
Goodwin told Advertiser Sport: “We are over the moon.
"The lads thoroughly deserved the win because I thought they were excellent all afternoon. Twenty minutes in we were dominating but we then went a goal behind which was extremely frustrating. But we showed great character and fought back with two quick goals. After that we controlled the game.
“When you are dominating a game the way we were and things aren’t going for you, it can be easy to let your head drop. But the boys deserve great credit.
"From conceding that goal they got straight back up and went at Brechin, and they got the two quick goals and dominated the game from that point.
“That result has been coming for a while. In the last few home games we have been creating a lot of chances, but we have been unfortunate in that we weren’t able to put those teams to the sword.
"But the players never let their heads go down, and they got their reward.”
The victory means the Wasps have now secured second place, but Goodwin insisted that there will be no let-up from his players as they look to make an immediate return to the Championship.
He said: “It’s all about the playoffs now and we all know that anything can happen. We have to maintain the standards we have set. I’m very lucky that the group of players I’ve got don’t need a lot of managing.
"They expect a lot of themselves and to be honest they are a delight to work with. I am pleased for them and proud of them too for what they’ve achieved. But until we are promoted and sitting on the beach looking forward to the fixture list coming out, we won’t be happy.”
Goodwin revealed that with the playoffs in mind, he plans to rest some of his key players over the course of the final three league games, and praised the patience of his squad players.
He added: “I will be resting certain key players. To be honest it doesn’t really matter how I try to shuffle the pack. The strength in depth I have within the squad allows me to make changes.
"We will certainly be making changes over the next couple of weeks, and I want to give some of the fringe players a run because they have been so patient and supportive of the boys who are getting picked.
" I will give some of them a start, and I’m sure the boys left out will be understanding.”