ANDY GRAHAM said it’s disappointing Alloa couldn’t take three points home after going in front on Saturday.

Euan Henderson’s seventh league goal of the season had the Wasps in front but Craig Howie’s red card gave East Fife a chance back into the match and Jamie Semple’s equaliser saw both teams share a point.

Speaking exclusively to Advertiser Sport, Graham said: “Disappointing to come here, take the lead and not come away with three points. I said at half time the first goal was going to be so important. Unfortunately for us it didn’t prove to be the winning goal.

“I thought we were very dominant in the first half, we had the wind at our back which helped but also I thought there was some good play and we really opened them up at times.

“When you’re playing like that you know you’ll get a chance to go ahead and Hendo’s (Euan Henderson) done that.

“We’ve then not delivered and saw the game out which is really disappointing but going down to 10 men we knew it was going to be even more difficult, you know you’re against the conditions and the wind and it is disappointing we couldn’t see it through.”

Howie’s red card was Alloa’s fifth in the league, taking them to the top of the table for red cards but Graham insists it’s down to decision making.

He continued: “It is frustrating and from the outside looking in it might look as if there’s a problem but when you actually look at the amount of bookings in the league I think we’re bottom [Alloa are joint second bottom], so that tells you that it’s decision making.

“We’re at the top for red cards but the bottom for yellow cards so that means when people are getting booked it’s the decision making to then stay on your feet and not dive in and give the referee a decision to make.

“Howie’s an honest boy, he’s held his hands up, he knows he should stay on his feet. If you dive in on the edge of the box you give the referee a decision to make. [But] we’re still 1-0 up so I would look at it from the other angle, could we see it through and unfortunately we couldn’t.”

Graham continued: “In the game I felt in control at 1-0 and until we went down to 10 men I wouldn’t say they had many chances before we went down to 10 men.

“It’s not like they were barraging the goal and Hutts (David Hutton) was making save after save. The sending off does change things and give them a little bit of impetus, their subs came on and were full of energy and caused us a bit more problems.”

For Graham it’s two starts in a row after losing his place in the team, and all he wants is to keep helping the team.

He added: “I live for playing football and that’s what I want to do. I’ve been delighted to get in for the last two games and I hope now I can keep training hard and work hard to try and keep my place in the team, that’s all I’ve done since I lost my place and hopefully now I can try my best to keep it.”