BRIAN RICE believes Saturday’s result was a ‘travesty’ and says Alloa done enough to win the game.

The Wasps travelled to East End Park for the second time in seven days and were defeated 1-0 in the cinch League One opener.

Asked if he felt unfortunate not to take something from the game, Rice said: “No, I don’t feel unfortunate, I feel it’s a travesty.

“I thought we were the better team by 100 miles, [we had] better chances and it’s a fluke goal. It’s a cross, the wind’s caught it.

“I can’t ask any more of my players. Part-time team coming here, again, against Dunfermline, great crowd in, great atmosphere, fantastic pitch.

"I thought my boys put everything into the game.

“I keep saying to them, ‘give me everything you’ve got and we can go home happy.’ They gave me that and more and I’m aggrieved we didn’t take anything away from the game, and that’s taking nothing away from Dunfermline. I’m talking about my own team.”

Conor Sammon went to ground in the first half and while Rice didn’t feel it merited a penalty, he believes his team should have had a goal at another moment.

He continued: “I don’t think it was a penalty but I’m lead to believe the header was over the line early on. I can’t tell from where I am, and we’ve not got VAR, it’s just the big boys that get VAR.

“We’re not part of Scottish football.

“I’m a wee bit aggrieved at that. I don’t know if it was a goal or not, it wasn’t a penalty, the ref made a good call. And the goal’s a freak goal, that’s what beat us.”

Jay Hogarth, who was in the Team of the Round for his performance last week, was beaten by Matthew Todd’s cross but Rice focused on his own team’s efforts.

“I don’t think he had a lot to do,” he said. “I can’t remember too many [saves]. I know he had one or two. What about their goalkeeper’s saves? What about the one that hit the bar? What about the one that’s went over the line?

“I concentrate on my own team. We competed really well, we had a few call offs: Jon Robertson called off [on Friday] ill, big Andy [Graham] was suspended so we’re light at centre half. Big Vinnie [Mark Durnan] has just come back, he’s only trained for two nights in six weeks [and we] threw him on there. Everybody played their part.

“I’m really disappointed because I think we done enough to win the game, never mind draw it.”

Sammon and his strike partner Ross MacIver caused Dunfermline’s defenders trouble all afternoon and Rice says that’s their role.

He continued: “I expect them to do that. they’re good players, they’re a handful. I thought first half they could have done a wee bit more, spoke to them at half-time and second half they were really at it.

“I’m disappointed with the result, I’m not disappointed with the performance. If we perform like that we’ll be okay.”

Last week the club announced Stefan Scougall has extended his stay with the club and Rice says he’s an integral part of the squad.

He said: “You can see why. When he gets on the ball he makes things happen.

“He’s an integral part of what I’m trying to do here. I need him to get a couple of more goals and he had a couple of efforts which was encouraging and I think on another day it could have been a different outcome but it wasn’t and we are disappointed.”