KEVIN CAWLEY believes Alloa’s current league position doesn’t reflect their performances and says the club should be competing at the top of the table.

Clyde’s victory over the Wasps on Saturday means Barry Ferguson’s side now sit sixth in the table, 14 points behind league leaders Cove Rangers, who Alloa will face this weekend.

Cawley, speaking exclusively to Advertiser Sport, said: “I wouldn’t say slack in the final third, it was just that wee killer instinct [the team were missing].

“We got ourselves into good positions, we did have chances to go ahead and Neil Parry made a few good saves.

“But, we all know, the longer the games goes on, they start to think they’ve got a chance and to be fair the boy’s hit a good strike and that makes it even harder for us to get back in because they just parked the bus and made it difficult for us.”

Cawley bemoaned Alloa’s current winless run – now stretching back, in the league, to October 30 – but says the club will be aiming to beat the league leaders.

“At the moment it’s just not going for us,” Cawley continued. “And it’s probably going to take hitting off someone’s knee to go in but I think we shouldn’t be downbeat about it.

“We need to go into next week’s game away to Cove [Rangers] which will be a difficult game but we go there with the intent to win because we need to win to get ourselves back up the table.

“The position we’re in just now doesn’t reflect our performances.”

Alloa currently have 20 points in the league and 15 of those have come from games against teams – Cove, Montrose, Queen’s Park, Airdrieonians and Falkirk – that are currently higher than the Wasps in the league.

Meanwhile, five of their seven league loses have come against the teams currently below them.

Asked if this is an issue the squad are aware of, Cawley said: “We had that conversation a few weeks ago, I think it was after the Dumbarton game, [saying] it’s alright doing well against the teams above us and then not doing it against the teams around us at the moment. We should be beating them with the squad we have.

“We need to go on a run, we have to go on a run otherwise it’s going to be up and down all season.

“For a club like Alloa, we’ve been in the Championship, we should be up the top competing, especially with the squad we’ve got.

“I think [on Saturday] we were the better team, we just didn’t take our chances.”

Boos were heard at the Indodrill Stadium as the full time whistle was blown, and Cawley can understand the fans’ frustration but hopes they stick with the team.

He continued: “Over the course of the seasons I’ve been here we’ve done well and I think that’s why they are frustrated.

“We are where we are at the moment and we have to get better. We need the fans behind us and it will come, it just has to happen now, we can’t keep saying it.

“There will be a time when it will click and we’ll end up battering a team [by five or six] but…just stick with us, get behind the gaffer and behind the team and performances – well if we can perform like that and just add goals, it’ll be the icing on the cake."