ALLOA bounced back up to third place in League One following their 5-2 victory over Edinburgh City.

The Wasps travelled to the capital on the back of a comfortable 3-0 outing against Kelty Hearts the week before, with manager Andy Graham making just one change.

PJ Morrison started between the sticks, following the slight injury he picked up in the warm up last week, with Phil Ogayi dropping to the bench.

Alloa found an early breakthrough from Luke Donnelly, the number 9 picking up the cross from Taylor Steven and scoring on the volley to put the Wasps ahead.

However, Edinburgh City grew into the match not long after and shipped two past Morrison to go in ahead at half time.

“We got off to a great start,” Graham said. “Luke Donnelly with a really good finish, good delivery from Taylor Steven and a lovely pass wide from Scouggs.

“You think to yourself ‘right, brilliant great start to the game’ and to be fair, I thought Edinburgh were very good after that.

“They’ve played well over the last few weeks, I’ve watched their games and they’ve been very unlucky not to take points.

“I wasn’t surprised when they started playing the way that they did and to be honest, I was disappointed with our reaction.

“But again, you’ve got to credit Edinburgh because they’d played really well and they deserved to go into half time at 2-1.

“We’re lucky it wasn’t 3-1 with the way we played so it was very disappointing in that.”

Graham admitted disappointment that his side went in trailing at the break, giving a rousing half time team talk to spur Alloa on.

Togetherness has been a hallmark of Graham’s tenure, with the gaffer wax lyrical about the necessity of working together and not blaming each other.

He continued: “We had a good chat at half time about how we were going to turn that around and what we were looking for as a squad.

“One thing I reiterate to them all the time is that togetherness and the last thing I want is people going in and saying ‘it’s your fault, it’s your fault’ because you don’t get anything from that.

“I was very adamant that that wasn’t to be the case second half and that we went out there as a team and make sure we played to our capabilities.”

Alloa came out the break firing and looked more than ready to not only get themselves back into the match, but go on and win it.

They did so in spectacular fashion - a Scott Taggart double, Taylor Steven strike and an Edinburgh City own goal securing them three points.

The comeback started when Edinburgh City’s Callum Flatman left a late leg out for Luke Donnelly, who went down in the box and the referee awarded a penalty.

Taggart made no mistake from the spot, drawing the Wasps level before he followed it up with a strong header to put Alloa ahead again.

Not long after, Kurtis Roberts surged forward with the ball, flicked it over for Scougall, who played it inside to Taylor Steven, with the St Johnstone youngster’s lovely finish topping off a sublime Alloa move.

To cap it off, Bobby Wales’ cross was deflected off of Callum Pitt to add a fifth for Alloa, the final goal which in turn relegated Edinburgh City from League One.

Graham said: “We started playing a lot better, we started passing more, getting into better areas and really threatening Edinburgh.

“Our press was much better, we stopped them passing through us and I thought the second half was really good.

“I was delighted with that reaction from them.”

The biggest highlight of Alloa’s recent form is its goalscoring prowess, which has been on real show the last few weeks.

Taylor Steven has hit a real purple patch, finding his shooting boots and is now bagging a goal or assist per game.

Bobby Wales continues to rack up the numbers up top, while the likes of Kurtis Roberts and Jon Robertson have found themselves on the scoresheet as well.

Graham continued: “We know we’ve got a real threat going forward.

“Even at 2-1, I really believed we could win the game and I think the players did as well, we got a lot of momentum in the second half.

“Taggs does brilliant, it’s a great penalty but then you look at the position he takes up to score – it’s a great header but that’s our right back in there.

“That’s brilliant, I encourage that from all of them all the time, that fluid movement that’s going to cause teams problems.

“We really deserved to win the game in the end.”

ALLOA XI: Morrison, Taggart, Neill, Devine, Sutherland (Roy 80'), Roberts (Robertson 86'), Scougall (Virtanen 79'), Steven, Donnelly (Sammon 66'), Coulson (O'Donnell 66'), Wales.