BARRY FERGUSON believes it would have been a “travesty” if Alloa had failed to take anything from Saturday’s draw with Falkirk.

The Bairns took the lead through a somewhat controversial penalty in what was seemingly the dying minutes; however, Alloa regrouped and responded immediately with Euan Henderson’s fifth goal in three games salvaging a point.

Ferguson said: “If we never took something from the game I think it would have been a travesty.

"It was a foul in the middle of the park, [I] don’t see why he doesn’t give a foul and then to give the penalty…it’s a crossed ball, he’s four yards from him.

“I don’t know what someone can do when they bang a ball at the power they do. But listen, it just shows what spirit the boys have got, it’s easy enough to feel sorry for yourselves but the boys didn’t and we got what we deserved out the game.”

Ferguson continued: “When things go against you, you need to go away from places with something and as I said if we never came away with anything, anybody that was in the stadium would agree that at the very least we deserved a draw.

“We had a couple of chances before they got the penalty but overall I’m delighted with the boys’ attitude. We can play better at times, I think we were a wee bit slack in possession but we’re still a work in progress.”

The manager’s getting close to having a full squad to pick from and wants his side to have the consistency needed to climb the table.

He said: “Now I’ve got a settled squad and people coming back from injuries, people settling into the way that I work.

"There’s going to be bumps in the road, no doubt about that, but it’s important we get a decent run.

“We’ve had three tough games, three of probably the favourites [Queen’s Park, Airdrie and Falkirk] and there’s not been much between us – it’s going to be that type of league, you see the results, they’re up and down so it’s just getting that level of consistency.

“We’re disappointed we never came away with three but obviously the way the game ended I’m happy with a point.”

Ferguson added: “There’s a couple of niggles and boys are not training as much as I would like them too but there’s competition for places now and that’s what’s not been at the club for a few years in my opinion.

"I need that, I think it’s healthy. If boys aren’t playing they need to work hard to get into the team and you need to earn your jersey. I think that’s the best way.

"We’ve got a strong squad, a competitive squad and that’s what I wanted. Now we’re getting clear of suspensions and injuries we’re not too far away.”