Falkirk manager Gary Holt has given his side pass-marks for the first half of the season.
Saturday’s comfortable victory against Morton moved the Bairns up one place in the SPFL Championship race, which reaches the halfway stage after Saturday’s meeting with Alloa.
But Falkirk are well positioned in fourth, with a game in hand over Hamilton and Raith Rovers which could - in theory - see the Westfield club leapfrog the pair and go two points off Dundee at the summit.
All this despite a slow start to the season with points dropped away at Alloa, Dumbarton and Cowdenbeath which had the fans sweating.
“I think we’ve been excellent all season,” Holt told Heraldsport. “So long as we put the shift in I won’t criticise them when we lose - we know we won’t win every single game.
“It’s the days when we don’t turn up or put the effort in that’s when the fingers start to get pointed.”
Days when players don’t show up are becoming fewer and further between for the Bairns, “at the moment” the boss cautioned, and he went on, “there will be a down day but so long as the work-rate is there then it’s not about castigating them.
“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we were great (at Morton) but we ground out a result.”
The 2-0 win extends the Bairns ‘purple patch’ to two months since their last defeat in the league - 2-0 on October 26 to Hamilton.