ANDY GRAHAM called on his Alloa teammates to bounce back as quickly as possible, starting with Saturday’s game at Morton.

A stunning Jackson Longridge volley that flew past Neil Parry proved the difference between the Waps and Dunfermline in Saturday’s defeat on a day where the hosts spurned a number of chances.

The loss made it two in a week for Jim Goodwin’s side after they slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season at Ayr on Tuesday.

Following the match, Graham admitted it had been a frustrating afternoon for the Wasps but demanded his side showed a reaction.

Graham told Advertiser Sport: “We are frustrated after that more than anything else.

“In the first half, we’ve had a good number of chances to get ahead in the game and we’ve not taken them.

“The first goal is so important and we’ve only been ahead twice this season and drawn at Queen of the South and beaten Partick Thistle.

“We’ve found that this season. That’s something we’ve got to really focus on over the next few weeks.

“It’s important that as a squad you’ve got the ability to put it to bed and move onto next week because you can’t change what’s already been.

“This is done and we can’t look back.

“We need to plan for Saturday and plan how we can get all three points. It’s about learning from it, as simple as that.”

Alloa have more than matched their opponents in nearly every single game this season, but have been undone by moments of quality like Longridge’s on Saturday.

But, Graham was adamant his teammates had the quality to match their full time opponents.

He continued: “If you come and see our training on a Tuesday and Thursday, you’ll see boys do unbelievable things.

“I would argue with anyone that there’s not a better technical footballer in the league than Iain Flannigan.

“So, it’s not really down to that but rather that we’re not taking our opportunities when they come along.

“It’s something we have to put right as there’s no point in being the glorious failures in the league.”

The defeat capped off a tough week for the part timers, but the 35-year-old acknowledged the Wasps were always going to go through spells like this in the Championship.

He said: “When you are playing a league with such good teams you are going go through a wee spell where you don’t pick up a point or so for a wee while.

“That’s where it’s important to have a strong mentality. It happened when I was in the league last time with Dumbarton. Even although we finished seventh, we were still going three or four games without winning.

“We just need to start picking up points when we are playing as well as we are and competing as well as we are.”