PETER Grant paid tribute to Alloa legend Kevin Cawley after the wee winger’s wonder goal helped the Wasps to a point in Morton. 

The 30-year-old’s first-half finish was the pick of an eight-goal thriller in Inverclyde as the Wasps battled back from two down at the break. 

Cawley also helped himself to two assists, including the cross for Robbie Deas’ last-minute leveller, while Grant also told of his delight at the make-up of his Wee County squad. 

Alloa’s depleted ranks was bolstered during the January window with the part-timers adding the likes of Ben Stirling and highly-rated Crystal Palace youngster Scott Banks.  

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“Kevin Cawley was magnificent even after I moved him to right-back because I wanted to keep as many attackers on the pitch as possible,” Grant said. 

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“He scored a worldie and set-up two goals and his overall contribution was outstanding. 

“I can look at the group now and I can look at the bench and, while I hate using the word substitutes, I feel they can all make an impact.”

The Wasps mounted an improbable comeback in the second-half after a five-minute blitz turned the game on its head before half-time.

Cawley’s finish and Alan Trouten’s 13th goal of the season had made it 2-1 to Alloa, only for the hosts to net three quickfire goals. 

Most disappointingly for Grant, all of Morton’s efforts came from crosses into the box; something which has become a bit of an issue since skipper Andy Graham picked up an injury. 

“We folded for ten, fifteen minutes in the first-half and I was so disappointed but would have been delighted with a point at that stage,” Grant, 54, said. “Yet, there’s still a tinge of frustration.

“We didn’t deal with the things we had spoken about prior to the game when they happened. That was the disappointing thing for me.

“That’s what cost us dearly but I was delighted with how they responded and the character they showed.

“They were bad goals for us to lose but our boys will be the first ones to put their hands up and admit that.

Strathallan Times: Robbie Deas scored a late leveller for Alloa Robbie Deas scored a late leveller for Alloa

“The players were terrific and they showed great guts but I am disappointed with the two points dropped.

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“We had to deal with a lot of tricks. I could do a Robbie Neilson and talk about the pitch being heavy or it being windy - the kind of things you don’t get in Scotland…

“It ended up working for us as there were four minutes added on and we scored late in the game.”