ALLOA manager Jim Goodwin admitted he was delighted with his side’s character in their win over Dundee United on Saturday.

The Irishman watched his side come from behind and hold Dundee United to a draw for the third time in three months, before Andy Graham’s decisive penalty won the shootout.

And Goodwin couldn’t hide his delight at making it through to the third round of the Irn-Bru Cup.

The 36-year-old said: “The important thing about any cup competition is to be in the next round.

“We could have scored a few goals in the first half to make things easy for ourselves.

“And then United scored with their very first attack.

“But, in saying that, got to give credit to the players for coming from behind again and getting a valuable draw and then the quality of the penalties was excellent.

“It was a good opportunity to give one or two of the boys a run out today over those who might have been cup tied.

“The boys trained really well during the week and you could see that today.”

Dundee United made a number of changes to their side, which was made up of mostly youngsters and the likes of Paul McMullan and Fraser Fyvie.

But, Goodwin insisted that shouldn’t take away from the Wasps’ victory at all.

“Regardless of who you are playing, the opposition are always going to have a wee spell in the game.

“Dundee United made a lot of changes, no doubt about it, but they still had enough experience in their team that ensured we had no right to go and win the game.

“It’s Dundee United at the end of the day and it’s Tannadice, but I think our players did what was needed.”

As well as coming from behind against Dundee United, the Wasps have also secured a point from a losing position away to Inverness and were only second to Arbroath in coming from behind for points in last season’s League One.

Goodwin continued: ““They’ve shown great character and done it a few times this season.

“The character is there and that’s brilliant but we can’t keep going a goal behind and relying on coming back.

“We need to be a bit more clinical in the final third. There were plenty of positives, but we do need to start taking our chances.

“We are creating chances, there’s no doubt about it. The likes of Greig Spence and Dario Zanatta just need to get up and running and then we’ll be fine.

“It would be a lot worse if we weren’t creating the chances.”