BRIAN RICE is looking to pick up some momentum as they welcome FC Edinburgh this weekend.

The Wasps are coming off the back of a 2-1 victory against Queen of the South, where the Rice's side came from behind to take all three points.

The Alloa boss has spoken about the quality of his team’s performance to bounce back and win the game.

He told Advertiser Sport: “I’m delighted to have won the game. The first game of the new year, it’s a difficult place to go.

“The conditions were difficult for both games so to come from behind and go on and win the match, it was really good.”

New signing Luke Strachan made his debut for the Wasps against Queen of the South and was deemed a highlight of the match by the manager.

“He did well,” Rice added. “He’s been in training with us for a couple of weeks and he showed his qualities and the opportunity was there to sign him so we brought him in to enhance the squad.

“He played really well on Saturday and he’ll be looking forward to getting game time with us.

“That’s what we need to do, we need to find players who are going to improve the squad and he has certainly done that. We also managed to get Luke Donnelly back on the pitch and he was involved in the goal.

“The squad is getting stronger with injuries coming back.”

The involvement of striker Donnelly was a huge boost for Rice and the team but further injuries continue to plague the team.

Rice continued: “We had really bad news this week that young Paul McLaren got injured in the last minute in a bounce game and he’s torn his ACL.

“He’s looking at being out for about nine months to a year so really bad news for the young lad who I’ve got high hopes for.

“I found that out after the game on Saturday which did put a dampener on it a bit for me.”

Looking ahead, Alloa are back in action this Saturday, January 14 as they take on FC Edinburgh. Previous meetings this season have produced 4-3 and 4-2 victories in Edinburgh’s favour, with red cards being shown in each game.

Rice is looking forward to a good contest and said: “We were 3-0 up in the last game against them and blew it – got a man sent off, missed a penalty.

“Edinburgh’s got a great spirit and good quality and I think it’ll be another great game against them. They’re in second, we’re in joint fourth – it’ll be a great game that we’re looking forward to.”

Looking ahead, Rice is hopeful of bringing in more players to enhance the squad.

“I’ve got one or two trialists in just now," he added. "We’re always looking for new faces.

“If we can get better in, then we will always try and get them in.”

Alloa Athletic play FC Edinburgh at the Indodrill Stadium on Saturday, January 14.