ROBBIE DEAS hobbled through the corridor after taking a knock in Alloa Athletic's scoreless draw with table-toppers Dundee United.

The young centre-back, on loan from Celtic, was solid defensively as the whole backline kept league top scorer Lawrence Shankland quiet, as well as dealing with the consistent movement and physical presence of Rakish Bingham.

"The point is worth it," Deas says as he takes a bag of ice off the injury. "Especially against a team like Dundee United – it's a well-earned point, I'd say.

"The whole team defended well, Kieran [Wright] made some great saves and we all defended in the box, it was well worth the point: the kicks and the blocks and the injuries we've got.

"It just shows what type of team we are; that's six on the bounce we're unbeaten [in the league] and we're finally showing it.

"We've played well the full season and we've been a bit unlucky, but we're reaping the rewards now and we just need to kick on and aim high."

Liam Dick took home the man of the match award and Deas agrees with the suggestion that any of the backline could have taken the plaudits.

He added: "Liam was superb today and he fully deserves it, but it could have went to anyone, fair play to Dicko, I thought he was absolutely brilliant and the same with Scott Taggart."

Despite facing the league's top scorer, Alloa were solid and by the end of the night, Shankland's shoulders had dropped and the early pressing had seeped out of his game.

Deas said: "A player like Shankland, you've got to keep him quiet because he is the main man, their main threat and he's scored some amount of goals this season.

"We tried to nullify him and the crosses that came in we defended them well. Dundee United are a big team, they've got a few big boys, but we dealt with it well and it was a good day at the office."

Deas was mentioned by gaffer Peter Grant in his post-match comments as one of the young men who has came into the team, impressed and been a player Grant has really enjoyed working with.

The 20-year-old, who had a loan spell with Cowdenbeath last season, enjoyed the battle with Rakish Bingham and Deas was proud of his defensive counterparts for managing to keep their attack at bay.

Deas said: "He's got pace, he's a good player, good with the ball at his feet, it was good to play against a player like him.

"His movement was good; he was all over the place, and he was hard to pick up. But it just shows how well that we played that we kept him and Shankland quiet."