ALLOA boss Jim Goodwin hailed his side's victory over Forfar as a valuable three points after the Wasps jumped to third in the League One table.

The Wee County side put in a workman-like performance to capitalise on promotion rivals Arbroath's postponed fixture at Stranraer.

And the manager was relieved to have secured the victory after struggling Forfar made life difficult for his team.

Goodwin told Advertiser Sport: "It was a great three points. I'm obviously delighted with the result. I felt we could have played better in the last 25 minutes to half an hour.

"We had two great opportunities to go and put the game to bed in the second half and make life a whole lot easier for ourselves.

"But it wasn't to be and we weren't able to get that second goal which would have really killed the game off.

"In fairness to Forfar they kept going and going and I'd imagine Jim Weir and the Forfar players will be disappointed not to have taken something from the game.

"We jump up a place with Arbroath's game being off which is really pleasing. We are just delighted to get the win."

Goodwin praised the Wasps' defensive display after they withheld a late barrage from the visitors, but admitted his players could have put the game to bed earlier had they been more clinical.

He added: "It was a really solid performance. We did it down at Ayr last week too where we played well in the first half and then had to be resilient in the second half.

"Forfar started really well and Neil Parry has had to make two great saves.

"I thought we defended really well, and despite the amount of possession Forfar had in the second half, they never really tested Neil.

"The two centre-halves were outstanding. Andy and Jamie got a head on everything that came into the box along with Callum Crane and Scott Taggart.

"It needs everyone to do their jobs. Neil did his, the centre-halves did theirs, but I just felt if we had been a little bit more ruthless and clinical in the final third we could have scored some more goals."