ALLOA boss Jim Goodwin says his players executed their gameplan to perfection as they saw off Albion Rovers in a tricky League One clash.

An early goal from Iain Flannigan set the Wasps on their way, before Kris Renton made the points safe in stoppage time.

The manager was proud of how his players coped with the notoriously-testing conditions at Cliftonhill as they secured a fourth successive league victory.

Goodwin told Advertiser Sport: "We were delighted with the overall performance. We went to Cliftonhill with a gameplan, knowing that the pitch was going to be really poor.

"We sat a bit deeper and allowed Albion Rovers to have possession because we knew their strength is balls over the top. The players carried the gameplan out to the letter.

"The early goal settled the nerves. We always knew we'd get chances, and Rovers have conceded quite a lot of goals recently so we fancied ourselves to get the result if we kept a clean sheet.

"To go in front so early obviously calmed everyone down.

"Big Kris did really well to close the keeper down for the second. He should really have scored a couple of minutes before when he rounded the keeper so I was delighted for him because I don't think he'd have let himself get over it if he hadn't made up for that miss."

Alloa's next challenge is a trip to local rivals Stenhousemuir in the third round of the Scottish Cup, and Goodwin warned his players that they must be at their best against the in-form Warriors.

He said: "Stenny are doing really well in their own league and had a fantastic result on Saturday up at Peterhead.

"Brown Ferguson deserves a lot of credit because it's hard when you go down, but he's lifted the spirits and it looks like they'll be right up there in contention at the end of the season.

"It will be a difficult game because they'll be up for it, so we will have to be at our best to make sure we get through."

The manager revealed that defender Daryll Meggatt is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg in training last week, although that loss will be offset by the returns of Frank McKeown and Ryan Hoggan.

Goodwin added: "Daryll fractured his fibula in training last Thursday so he will be out at least until the turn of the year. He's looking at eight to ten weeks.

"But Frank McKeown will be back in training this week and all being well, Ryan Hoggan will be in the squad on Saturday."