BARRY FERGUSON has said Alloa won’t get carried away following their victory over Livingston at the weekend.

Ferguson secured the first win of his Alloa reign thanks to goals from Scott Taggart and Alan Trouten but insisted there’s still plenty of work to be done.

“It’s still early days, he said. "I’m missing four players: three through injury and one through Covid, and we’re still looking to add as well. So, it’s still early days in terms of they’re still getting used to the way that I want to operate in terms of the shape of us and the way we want to play.”

Alloa could have taken the lead on more than one occasion in the first half if they had been more clinical.

“That’s probably been the story of Alloa for a couple of years: can’t score goals,” Ferguson said. “We created a few chances, we hit the post and obviously the bar but I told them you need to keep working and trying, they certainly did.

"Livingston obviously dominated larger parts of the game, but I felt if we kept believing and showing the same desire we would eventually get into the game.

“It was a great goal from Taggs [Scott Taggart] and then we get the penalty so we were delighted. We just need to move on quickly, the problem is I’ve not got a lot of time to work on the training ground. But, delighted to get our first three points.

“They’re on the right track but there’s a lot of work still to be done. As I said, I’m still missing a few players, I’m still trying to speak nicely to the chairman to see if I can get one or two in which I need.

“We’re definitely on the right track but there’s still a lot of work to be done, we’re not getting carried away.”

The club confirmed the departures of Lucas Williamson, Liam Evans and Nicky Jamieson on loan and Ferguson said it was for their benefit.

He said: “The two younger boys need to go out and play, it’s no use putting young players on the bench for the sake of it and they’re only getting five minutes here and there. I wanted them to go into a decent league and that’s where they’ve went, they’ll get good experience from that.

“Big Nicky just wasn’t going to play so it’s an area I’m looking to strengthen but I’ll also look at strengthening all over the pitch. I need competition for places, that’s what successful teams need and we’ve not got enough of that. Hopefully, when players get back from injury and we hopefully bring in one or two we’ll have good competition for places.”

One young player who seems to have impressed Ferguson is Cammy O’Donnell, who played well and won the decisive penalty.

Ferguson said: “Ideally, I would have liked to change it up a bit more but I’ve not got enough players. Trouts [Alan Trouten] only trained once and he never ever done the session on Thursday night.

“I’ve got to be careful because I’m down to the bare bones, but young Cammy done well. I don’t care what age they are, if they’re good enough they’ll get an opportunity and Cammy’s shown enough in training that he deserves an opportunity and he took it [on Saturday].”