PETER Grant admits he will only be able to judge Alloa’s point in Inverness at the end of the season. 

The Wasps secured a second draw of the campaign at the home of John Robertson’s Highlanders to continue their fine recent form. 

An Iain Flannigan penalty opened the scoring for the impressive part-timers, only for Jordan White to pop up and sink Alloa hearts for the second time in a month.

Grant told Advertiser Sport: “You are disappointed because you think you could have taken more out of it but we had to deal with a hell of a lot of balls into the box.

“They did that in the last game, so we knew it was going to be part of their plans. But, it’s just one lapse in concentration that cost us.

“Trouts (Alan Trouten) had a fantastic chance to win it and while some people say it’s a bad miss, I think it was a great save from one of the best goalkeepers in the division.

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser: Iain Flannigan opened the scoring for the Wasps Iain Flannigan opened the scoring for the Wasps

“You come away from it hoping it will be a great point come the end of the season, but still disappointed you didn’t take all three.”

While the first-half saw plenty of the ball for the hosts, Alloa were effective in absorbing the pressure and new signing Kieran Wright relatively untroubled on his first start for the club. 

The Wasps were rewarded for their fine defensive showing when Kevin O’Hara sprinted into the box and was brought down by Shaun Rooney for a spot kick, which Flannigan gladly stroked home. 

Inverness came back, however, with White equalising and he could have secured all three points when he hit the bar with the game’s final touch. 

“It’s definitely a positive result and I am not downhearted because of the score but downhearted because the players have put so much into the game,” Grant continued. 

“We knew what Inverness were going to do and they just tried to get the ball wide and fire it into the box.

“Apart from one moment, it was shots from distance which were going over the bar and into the moon.”

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser: Grant says the arrival of signings, such as Ben Stirling, has lifted the whole team Grant says the arrival of signings, such as Ben Stirling, has lifted the whole team

The result made it five without defeat for the Wasps and Grant was effusive in praise for his players’ attitude, which has given them a real fighting chance of securing their place in the Championship once again. 

He said: “Let’s be perfectly honest, there’s not many teams at the bottom of any league who can play football the way we do.

“We play that way not because we are trying to be clever but because of the players we have in the squad and that takes a lot of bottle.

“We can’t just lash the ball up to a target man and you have to use the tools you have.

“To take that belief and still play how we do and still want the ball, you have to give them fantastic credit for it.

“Even just getting a couple of fresh boys into training - and training has been first class since day one - has given it a different intensity.”