MORGYN NEILL has his eyes set on promotion as Alloa edged closer to securing their play-off spot with their 0-0 draw with Montrose.

The two-time League One winner played the full game at centre half, playing a pivotal role in a defence that kept the Mo out, even in spells where they were really attacking Alloa’s back line.

Neill has been a constant rock at the heart of an ever-changing back line this season, with him partnering up with as many as five other centre halves during the campaign.

Suspensions, injuries, rotation and departures have seen Alloa’s defence change over the year, but Neill has maintained his place throughout, only missing two games against Edinburgh City and Montrose in September and October.

Throughout, he has partnered with Scott Taggart, David Devine, David McKay, Josh Debayo and Andy Graham.

The defender has been key for Alloa, particularly during the second half of the season, and spoke with Advertiser Sport about his performances and his aspirations for the final part of the campaign.

He said: “This is the only team where I’ve played with so many different centre halves, it's just the way it’s worked out.

“I’ve only missed two games and even in pre-season, I played every minute of every game but that’s just me, I want to play every game.

“I’ll just help whoever comes in to play with me with my experience and we want to try and secure play-offs and we want to do one better and get through.

“I’ve won this league twice so I know what it takes to do the job.”

Alloa’s defence worked hard to keep Montrose quiet on Saturday, with Neill providing some huge clearances to restrict pressure.

Similarly, PJ Morrison made some impressive saves, including one at the death to deny a last gasp effort from the visitors.

Unfortunately, Alloa couldn’t find a way to break Montrose down, with Neill insisting that the Mo intentionally sat back to make it more challenging.

Neill continued: “When you get the clean sheet, it helps the team and it’s a platform for us to build on but at the same time, we’ve got to take some of the chances.

“We’ve tried to pass the ball into the net too much and I don’t know if that comes from a wee bit of arrogance after winning 5-1 last weekend.

“The main thing is Montrose needed to win more than a draw so the result does us good and it’s a good point for us in the end.

“For large spells of that game, we dominated and I think Montrose came here to sit in.

“They changed their formation to a three at the back which they’ve not done in 10 games and that showed they were a bit scared of us.

“On another day, we probably could’ve taken two or three off of them.”

Alloa next pay a visit to Neill’s former club Cove Rangers, who he won League One with in 2022.

A win against the Toonsers would secure play-offs for the Wasps, with Neill praising the position Alloa have got themselves in.

He added: “With how well we’ve done this season, we’re disappointed with the point because with the amount of chances we had, we couldn’t score.

“The main thing is if you can’t win, don’t get beat because we’re in a position where Montrose and Cove want to be.

“We just need to go and win there and then that’s it secured.”