THERE'S very little Peter Grant hasn't seen in his many years around the block, but he was given a timely reminder of the challenge ahead by Dundee.

The Wasps' two-game winning run came to an end in disappointing fashion as they didn't get the rewards their good performance at Dens Park deserved.

An early Danny Johnson strike put James McPake's beleaguered Dundee ahead before Liam Dick scrambled home his first goal for the club.

Former Falkirk man Jordan McGhee then made it two to the Dee, but Alloa had their chances to turn the game on its head before an uncharacteristic Alan Trouten miss from the spot ended their hopes.

Grant told Advertiser Sport: "There was a lot of good stuff from us, but when we gave them the opportunity to score we lost bad goals.

"Their second goal should have been a free kick after Andy [Graham] has cleared it and it's been put back into our box.

"It's a free kick anywhere else on the pitch and we are really disappointed with that.

"But, I would have been disappointed to come away having dropped two points never mind three which just shows how far we've come.

"I've got to give the players great credit for that as we are going to places like Dundee and being disappointed to not take away the three points."

Alloa nearly snatched an equaliser at the death, only for Robert Thomson to see the ball snatched away from his toes by Dundee's Cammy Kerr.

"We dragged ourselves back into it and we were playing some really good stuff before we got a deserved equaliser," Grant continued.

"Again, as I say, it should have been a free kick in the build up to their second goal but that's the decision the referee takes. There's no point in playing on if there's no advantage to us, then he can't play on.

"You bet your house on Trouten (scoring from the spot) but unfortunately the keeper has made a good save on the day.

"I genuinely believe if we had scored the penalty kick then we would have gone on to win the game.

"We gave everything and we were trying to do things correctly. We created opportunities but we just didn't take them.

"We just didn't get the result I think our performance deserved but we need to dust ourselves down and get on with it.

"Everybody is capable of beating one another in this league and you saw that again on Saturday.

"They were wasting time for most of the second half and the goalkeeper was going for the ball instead of the ball boy throwing it back.

"So, I think that tells you enough."

Jamie MacDonald, who signed on an emergency loan deal from Premiership Kilmarnock on Friday, impressed with a number of fine saves, most notably from Jordan Forster and Declan McDaid.

It was enough for Grant to single out the stopper, who he worked with when coaching the national team, for praise in the wake of Saturday's defeat.

Grant said: "He was excellent in everything because you are just bringing him in and he has to buy into the things we want to do.

"I thought he did that really well and his distribution was excellent and he made a couple of outstanding saves.

"So he did everything we know he is capable of and also was playing quickly and choosing the right options."