OFF days and football generally go hand-in-hand over the course of a season, but Iain Flannigan knows Alloa can't afford to be too generous with them.

The Wasps endured a miserable 90 minutes in Greenock on Saturday as David Hopkins' Morton hit them for four in a day to forget for the Wasps.

Never one to shy away from the truth, Flannigan knows the side weren't at the races from start-to-finish and some nice moments of play couldn't mask the fact they were well-beaten.

The midfielder told Advertiser Sport: "It's frustrating, but I don't think there was a lot in it at 1-1. We could have played a lot better, but there were opportunities for us in the first half.

"You'd rather be creating the chances and it's one of those things that if you take them then it's great. You've got to be there to miss them.

"In the second half it just all sort of unravelled and it's obviously disappointing.

"Losing two goals back-to-back has not helped us out and with big Andy (Graham) going off we obviously then go down to ten men which is a frustrating one.

"Once they are at 3-1 with ten men it makes it a lot harder."

Graham's dismissal – just moments after Bob McHugh had made it three for the home side – killed off any real chance of a comeback for Alloa

"I don't know what's been said and he's obviously booked him and then booked him again," Flannigan added. "It might even have been a straight red.

"I don't know what the ref's view was in terms of what's been said.

"But it's not really about that from our point of view and we've got to do a better job to give ourselves a chance of winning games."

With the Betfred Cup returning this weekend, Alloa enjoy a mini-break before returning to action against Arbroath in a clash of the part-time sides at the Recs.

And Flannigan knows they will have to be back to their best if they are going to take anything from the game.

He said: "The league is the way it is and in every game you've got to be at it and we were a wee touch off it on Saturday.

"If you are just a wee touch off it it gives them an opportunity to go and win the game.

"There's a game in two weeks' time and we've got to train hard and go again."