Falkirk midfielder Blair Alston believes he should have been awarded a penalty - but that Falkirk shouldn’t be relying on spot-kicks to see off visiting teams like Dumbarton.
Alston was forced to hurdle Chris Turner’s tackle in the box - a move that certainly impeded him - but ref George Salmond refused the claims. He also smacked the crossbar as the Bairns poured forward in search of an equaliser, but the vain search has left Alston bitterly disappointed. “I stepped over to avoid his tackle and i was still kicked, and the ball held up and I could have got it, but the ref said because I was in mid-air I’ve already jumped to avoid the tackle, but I still think there was contact. We had another when it hit a hand but the ref said it was too close to the player - sometimes you get them sometimes you don’t. It shouldnt be a case of relying on penalty decision,s you need to take the chances and another one rather than a penalty.Its annoying not to get on level terms. It’s a shame to lose the unbeaten run in the manner we did - we cant afford to give teams a head start against us like that, and we never really recovered.” The Bairns did though respond midway through the second half with a howitzer from Phil Roberts and it thrilled the players as much as the fans, the midfielder added. “When Phil scored it made a big difference to come in at 2-1 down than 2-0 and I think if we’d scored first 20 minutes after halftime we’d have won. “The type of goal it was inspired us to kick on and I genuinely think we were on the up and the interval came at the wrong time - I just wanted back out there to get on with it, and it never really happened. “Getting the goal before half-time we thought we could kick on and and we did and in the second half it looked like it’d just be a matter of time before it came but it never did. As time goes on you’re trying to get the break through and it petered out. “The fans will be disappointed, we are too, but it wasnt through lack of effort, we created and made chances but it wasnt to be. “The way we lost the goals was poor all over the pitch - easy mistakes and they need cut out.”