u STEVEN Pressley says the time is now for winning games, but there’s still an air of calm around Falkirk.
After three defeats in four games the team boss has called on supporters to get behind the team in Hamilton on Saturday, and told his players to relax and play the game their way.
Almost a fortnight will have passed since the Bairns were hit by a 92nd minute sucker-punch by Livingston, and the international break has been used to rest up after a performance the boss called “fatigued”.
But he’s encouraging the air of tranquility to continue among the players and urging the supporters to stay on-side too.
“We know we have to start winning games now, and there is a real determination to do that” Pressley told The Falkirk Herald. “But we’re also trying to maintain a relaxed atmosphere and encourage expression in our play. That, and flexibility, is a vital part of how we play.
“But the supporters have a role to play in that as well. The players need their support and we need to get back winning like we did last year, and what was key to a successful season last term was the unity between the players and the supporters.”
Kieran Duffie and Stephen Kingsley have both been away on Scotland duty, but the remaining Bairns have taken advantage of the break after the defeat to Livingston.
“I’m not a manager who looks for excuses,” Pressley insisted, “I’m a manager who looks for solutions and reasons, and that performance was fatigued after the players gacve everything against Rangers.
“The same night Liverpool and Hearts played and then again on the Sunday and it’s no surprise that they didn’t win either.
“I’m always conscious of recovery times and the amount I’ve read recently on the lack of recovery between Thursday to Sunday, and Wednesday to Saturday matches, shows what I’ve been saying. I’m always keen for a Tuesday night game if there’s a midweek one on the schedule.
“We’ve had a break now and hopefully we’ll see the benefit of that – but we need the supporters behind us.”
Injury rules Jay Fulton out of Saturday’s game but Craig Sibbald performed well in his central position during a 3-1 defeat to Rangers behind closed-doors. Dale Fulton and Kris Faulds are other alternatives. Luke Leahy should be invovled in the matchday squad, which is without suspended captain Darren Dods. Sean Higgins missed training on Tuesday and is a slight doubt.