TWO games and a return of zero points against fellow part-timers Arbroath doesn't make pretty reading for the Clacks faithful.

It's an even harder statistic to accept for the Alloa squad and they are desperate for the chance to put things right this weekend.

Peter Grant's side welcome Dick Campbell's mid-table Angus team to the Recs on Saturday as they look to claw back a four point deficit in their battle to avoid the Championship drop.

No one is panicking in Alloa quite yet and four points from their last two games has offered plenty of encouragement that they can still retain their place in the second-tier.

And midfielder Adam Brown admits if he and his teammates were in need of any further incentive then a chance to get one over this year's surprise package is already spurring the side on.

"They came here and won, then beat us in Arbroath," Brown told Advertiser Sport. "We would love to win every game and need points on the board more than others.

"It's not a crisis but we want to win and we said in [the changing room] when they come to keep in the back of our minds that they have beaten us twice and to get that wee bit of revenge

"It gives us a wee bit of incentive, especially when a team has come to your home pitch and beaten you."

Brown, 24, continued: "We always knew we would have to go on a wee run and now is probably the perfect time to do that.

"The four points over the last six is a good return, especially after a difficult game away to Dunfermline.

"We need to keep going and if we can remain unbeaten that would be great, but hopefully we get more wins than draws."

Brown scored his third goal of the season on Saturday as Alloa were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow relegation battlers Partick Thistle.

In an exciting tussle at the Recs, the Wasps' took the lead through the former Airdrie man when Steven Saunders touched his cross-cum-shot home only for refereeing controversy to deny them all three points.

David Munro harshly judged Robbie Deas to have blocked a Joe Cardle shot with his hand before – moments after Jamie MacDonald denied Stuart Bannigan from the spot – deciding Blair Malcolm had unfairly pushed the Thistle winger to the ground.

MacDonald couldn't pull off the same heroics that time around as Bannigan fired into the net to secure his side a point.

Brown admits he hasn't experienced a minute quite like it in football, but he was proud of the response from the Wasps, who had to weather a Thistle storm.

"I would need to see the second one again, but the first one is not a penalty," he said. "Robbie's hands are at his side and he's not making himself bigger.

"Whether it even hit his arm not, I don't know. The second one is probably a penalty, but I would need to see it back.

"It's football and people are going to get penalties, but when it's so quickly it is a bit of a shock. You get surprised at things like that.

"In that general moment, we thought the world was against us, but we managed to do well and see it out.

"That's football and you've just got to get on with it and sometimes moments like that can spur you on."