ALLOA skipper Andy Graham has called for new recruits in the Wasps' battle to avoid the drop.

The part-timers will spend Christmas Day bottom of the Championship pile after Saturday's defeat to Morton made it five games without a win and four defeats in a row.

Graham is one of a number of Wasps who have defied the odds before and he believes the squad won't be fazed by the challenge ahead.

The last two teams to spend the festive period last – Brechin and then Falkirk – have both ended the season bottom.

But, proving the doubters wrong has become part and parcel of life in the Wee County.

"What we need to do now is make sure we dig in and not look at the league table," Graham told Advertiser Sport. "We need to stay positive.

"We've been on a run in this league before where we've won three, four games and that's what we've got to focus on and make sure the next game we are at it.

"We've been here and we've done it, so it's not like it is alien to a lot of them. The manager says himself we are going to need one or two in January because we are struggling when we pick up injuries.

"It's a lot to ask when the younger players come in and do a job. It's not their fault at all, but it's a big ask when you are fighting at the bottom of the league for your life to ask somebody to come in and play, especially when the boys are low on confidence.

"We do need a couple of bodies in in January. I am sure the manager will be rectifying that and I am sure it will give the place a lift.

"We've seen it before when – the year we got promoted – we brought in Kirky (Jordan Kirkpatrick) and Ross Stewart.

"Although it was just another two bodies it gave the place a lift and that's what we need at the moment to lift the spirits.

"We've been here before so it's not something we are going to let affect us in that regard."

It's worth remembering that at this time last season, Alloa went on their best run of form to claim three wins and three draws in six games.

This came off the back of four defeats in five, so Peter Grant will be hoping for a similar reaction when the Wasps visit Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday.

Morton were the latest to leave the Recs with all three points after a wonder Nicky Cadden strike and Jack Baird tap-in.

"It was really disappointing because with the way we played in the first half we deserved to be in front," Graham, 36, said.

"That's the way it is going for us right now. We are not getting ahead in the periods in which we are dominating the game.

"As a result of that, when the other team gets a spell they seem to be getting ahead and that's killing the momentum and belief we have.

"That's not helping things and we need to start getting the first goal. If we get that, it will give us a lot of confidence and we will kick on from there.

"When you are not scoring – and it's not just the strikers – there are a number of things that mean you are not going ahead in games.

"It's different if you are having to defend a lot and are under the cosh, but we weren't on Saturday.

"Nobody could say that. They had a couple of half chances but we need to start having better moments of quality in these games.

"It seems when the moments of quality are coming then they are coming from the opposition."