Elvis wants derby win tonic

Steven Pressley says his players are determined to beat Dunfermline on Saturday.
Steven Pressley says his players are determined to beat Dunfermline on Saturday.
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Steven Pressley says his players need no reminding of the importance of Saturday’s derby game against Dunfermline Athletic.

One of the biggest First Division crowds of the season is expected at The Falkirk Stadium as the two clubs lock horns for the first time in more than 16 months.

And the Bairns boss says that will be a motivating factor as his team seeks to kick-start its sluggish league campaign.

“The players are in a determined mood,” he said.

“They need no reminding of the importance of the game to the club and to the supporters. We want to win every game we play, but there’s no doubt that a victory in a derby game can give the place an enormous lift. It could act as the catalyst to kick-start our season.”

Falkirk have drawn their last three games – despite taking the lead in each one – and their ability to kill teams off is something that Pressley says must improve.

“We’ve got ourselves in front in games we should be going on to win,” he added.

“But you can’t replicate the intensity of games on the training ground. We need to find our killer edge there.

“There was frustration that we didn’t get the win after the Cowdenbeath game, but as soon as the players were back in on Monday the focus shifted to Dunfermline. That’s what has been the focus of all our thoughts and preparation.”

The Fifers are just one point off the summit of the First Division after enjoying a strong start to their season following relegation from the SPL.

“There’s no doubt that they are playing with confidence after starting the season well,” said Pressley.

Sean Higgins is a doubt for Falkirk after picking up a knock against Cowdenbeath.

Luke Leahy is also carrying a slight injury.

Craig Sibbald and Jay Fulton both definitely miss out.