ALLOA turned out the worst first-half performance of the season against Stranraer, according to defender Scott Taggart.

The Wasps full back lamented their inept display in the opening 45 minutes on Saturday which left his side trailing at the break.

However, he vowed that he and his teammates will produce much better in the coming weeks, as they continue their playoff charge.

Taggart told Advertiser Sport: “The first half performance was the worst we’ve played all season, and maybe even since I’ve been here.

"It wasn’t like us at all. But in the second half we did to Stranraer what they’d been doing to us. They only really had the one half-chance.

“We regrouped at half-time and penned them in. We tried everything and threw everything at them, but they defended well and got the clean sheet.

“We managed to create some half-chances in the second half, and I’m not sure about the disallowed goal.

"I headed it across goal, but the linesman has said there were two of us standing offside. It was one of those days where nothing went right for us.”

Stranraer’s winner came as a result of a blunder from goalkeeper Neil Parry, but Taggart refused to pin the blame on the goalkeeper, who was named in last season’s team of the year.

He said: “Neil knows he should have done better but he’s our mate and we tried to dig him out. He’s such an important player for us. Everyone makes mistakes all over the pitch. The difference for a keeper is that there’s nobody there to bail you out. It’s just unfortunate that in that position, 99 times out of a hundred it will end up a goal.”

The full-back insisted that Alloa’s performances in their upcoming run of games will be much improved, and is desperate for his side to get back to winning ways.

Taggart added: “Games are coming thick and fast. We’re playing Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday now so that will give everyone in the squad a chance to play.

"To be honest everyone is playing for their jerseys. But we’ll get a reaction. We definitely won’t play as badly as that again."