THERE'S very little Steven Hetherington hasn't experienced during his time with Alloa – but one thing he is sure he hasn't seen is a squad without the desire to fight for the cause.

The Englishman made it 152 games for the Wasps with a battling display at the heart of the midfield in the side's tremendous win over Dundee United on Friday night.

It's the latest in a recent history of shocks on Wee County soil and was made all the more impressive by Alloa's ability to keep Scotland striker Lawrence Shankland uncharacteristically quiet.

While in recent weeks questions have been asked about the Wasps' performances – especially after resounding losses to Greenock Morton and Ayr United – Hetherington never doubted his team-mates' determination to put things right.

"You can never question our belief and desire," the 26-year-old told Advertiser Sport. "I've been here six years now and I have never looked at a squad and questioned their character.

"That comes from the top and Mike (Mulraney) gets it spot on down to the pitch on match day.

"That's why you get a lot of boys who have played a lot of games for the club and you can never fault our togetherness.

"Sometimes the performances might not be great but the togetherness and the spirit can never be questioned, nor can the effort.

"As soon as you get out onto the pitch you want to do well for everyone involved in the club and even the player playing next to you.

"You want to make sure you have done your bit for the team.

"You need to come off the pitch knowing you have put everything into it and there's no point coming off the pitch thinking you could have done a little bit more."

Following the humbling by Ayr United, Peter Grant has adjusted his side's set-up to counter threats in the wide areas.

And it seems to have paid dividends as Alloa backed up their impressive draw at Dunfermline with a relatively comfortable win over the league leaders.

Hetherington continued: "The league is tough as it is and you've just go to fancy yourself at home to take the game to teams.

"We always knew they were going to be a good team so we had to be on it to get anything which we were.

"The shape helped us and distances were good between the defence and midfield going out to the front two with Trouts dropping off.

"We had a solid back four and the distances were much better in the turnover."

Hetherington remains as integral a part of the Alloa side as ever after he celebrated his 150th appearance last month.

He has been very fortunate to play with some terrific footballers during his time – such as Graeme Holmes, Iain Flannigan, and Dario Zanatta.

But when asked by Advertiser Sport to pick a standout, he said: "I would probably say Alan Trouten, who is a very, very good footballer.

"He is so clever and always makes the right decision and very good on the ball."