FANS’ favourite Iain Flannigan issued a rallying call to Alloa’s supporters ahead of tomorrow’s playoff final second-leg tie against Brechin.
The Wasps trail 1-0 after Wednesday’s first match at Glebe Park, but Flannigan says the fans’ support can help the Wee County side turn things round on Saturday.
And the midfielder pointed out that Alloa have had to come from behind on numerous occasions in the past, most recently in their playoff semi-final against Airdrie, and says that will help spur the side on to victory.
Flannigan told Advertiser Sport: “The crowd got behind us against Airdrie and that obviously helped us massively.
“It will be vital again on Saturday. We have come from behind before; obviously the Forfar game where we came back from 3-1 down sticks in the mind. It can be done, and it’s just a case of us going out and performing.
“We are always confident at home. We know what we can do and it’s just a case of making sure we go out there and do it.
“We will prepare properly and will be ready to go. I’m sure we will play much better on Saturday.
“We try to take each game on its own merits, but we will definitely take encouragement from the way we came back against Airdrie.
“We played a lot better in the second leg and we will be aiming to do it again. We need a high level of performance.”
Wednesday’s defeat marked Flannigan’s 100th appearance for the Wasps, and he admitted that although he was delighted to reach the landmark, it paled into insignificance compared to the result.
He said: “It’s a nice milestone to get to. I have had a lot of good times here. The game itself was disappointing. Brechin shaded it, but it is only 1-0 and we have already come from behind once in the playoffs.
“We had a couple of chances where we could have taken the lead at the start of the second half, and these games are so tight that you’ve got to take them.
“They’ve then gone up the park and scored a deflected goal. It just didn’t happen for us but we will be determined to turn it round on Saturday.”
The Wasps have enjoyed a stellar season on the pitch, but Flannigan says that if they are to end it with promotion, they will have to give their all.
He added: “Nobody will hand anything to us just because we’ve had a decent season. We will need to give everything we’ve got and give it one last push.
“If we do that, combined with a better performance, we’ve got every chance of getting back into it.”