JAY HOGARTH admitted he could have done better on Saturday but is backing himself to prove his talent.

Hogarth joined Alloa on loan from Rangers and has been the number one choice since his arrival. A solid shot-stopper with great distribution, the 19-year-old has slotted in well to Brian Rice’s side and has a vocal presence on the pitch too.

Speaking exclusively to Advertiser Sport after Saturday’s defeat to Dunfermline, he said: “Obviously the result is disappointing but I thought throughout the game we tried our hardest, created a few chances, their goalie made a few saves and the game goes [in] their favour but on another day we could have took the points.

“Dunfermline’s a Championship side, I think, playing in League One so there’s a lot of positives to take.

“We maybe didn’t create as many chances as last week which is disappointing but we defended well and limited them to a few chances so that’s a positive.”

Dunfermline’s goal was a fluke, with Matthew Todd’s cross finding the back of the net and Hogarth knows he should have done better.

He said: “Obviously I think I could have done better but these things happen. That’s my first league start, I’m still learning the game so need to go again and do better.”

On joining Alloa, Hogarth says the manager’s reputation played a part, as did his desire to prove himself.

Asked why he wanted to leave Rangers B to join Alloa, he said: “Just everything about it.

“The gaffer’s got a big reputation, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and the rest of the coaching staff so it was a no brainer really just to get out and get games and hopefully prove why I’m at Rangers.”