PETER GRANT was left puzzled by the "incredible" red card given to his captain Andy Graham on Saturday.

The ever-reliable centre half appeared to talk himself into an early shower, after his side conceded their third of the day when Bob McHugh nodded home.

However, the Alloa gaffer has yet to be given a full explanation for the incident by referee Gavin Ross and skipper Graham refuted the man in the middle's claims.

Though he admits the decision had little bearing on the end result, he is keen to grasp the reason he will now head into the game against Arbroath without his 35-year-old skipper; who'll miss his first league game since September 2017.

"I asked Andy what happened," Grant said. "He said that the linesman was saying he should get a booking, but he says he didn't shout anything at the linesman.

"Then when he argued he got a second yellow. I find it quite incredible and I'd like the referee to explain it.

"The game was gone by then. Morton thoroughly deserved it. We didn't turn up on Saturday."

It was, indeed, a game to forget for Alloa with Kevin Cawley's equalising goal proving to be one of the few positives.

But it unravelled in the end as Alloa leaked three goals and lost their composure as Morton took the tie out of sight.

Grant continued: "We started the game very slow and it wasn't like us.

"The boys have been magnificent since I have come in but I thought there was a wee edge off them.

"We're talking about simple things like not reacting to a throw and going over to a cross to stop it and that set the tone for our performance.

"We know we're much better. It's probably the first time they've not turned up for their work.

"Hopefully, we can put it to bed now and move on with it and be better in the next game."

While Alloa's goal was the only bright spark for the side, the goalscorer himself has no recollection of it.

Cawley was dealt a serious blow midway through the first half as he was withdrawn with concussion.

His manager said: "He landed on his head right in front of us.

"He can't even remember his shot hitting the back of the net.

"He wanted to continue, but we had to take him off. We missed him."