Losing a late goal at Raith Rovers last week hurt Falkirk, but the Bairns are glad to be back to the “bread and butter” of league duty tomorrow.
Gary Holt will return Olumide Durojaiye to the squad after the midfielder was rested for the Ramsdens up defeat at Raith Rovers. It was the second consecutive reverse for Falkirk and Gary Holt is pleased to be back on the quest for three points.
“We’re back to league football and that’s what we want, cup games are exciting and there’s another coming in a few weeks but the league’s our bread and butter, I keep saying we want to win it. People can call it arrogance, or bravado but it’s not its what we believe in, and the players do too and why not? If we aim for second third or fourth and get fifth, it’s not a bad season in terms of getting close to your aims, but if you go for first and get second, you think, it’s not bad.
“We aim for first, and thats what it’s all geared to get - whether or not it happens won’t be through lack of effort.
“It was a poor goal to lose, we’re not happy with it and neither are the players - but that’s the reaction you want from them. if they come in accepting it we are fighting a losing battle.
“We’ve worked on that early in the week - defending and the ugly side of the game - and hopefully Saturday we’ll see the fruits of our labour.
“Whoever’s picked to play knows they have to go out to win it - it’s not a case of ‘it’s a cup tie the focus is on the league’ every game individually is important, success breeds success week to week.”
As well as Blair Alston’s recuperation and Durojaiye returning to first team contention, Graham Bowman has also aquitted himself well after three assured performances inside a week while Michael McGovern was on international duty with Northern Ireland.
“Graham had some sticky spells in the 20s games, but he bounced back and really looked like a first team goalkeeper and thats something you get from experience. It has given me a headache for Saturday - Michael has been away for two weeks through no fault of his own, and it’s a pat on the back for Michael but that’s what you want - competition for places, and Graham has done that.
Graham wants it, and thats the type I want - hungry players who want to be in the first-team, not just part of a squad. They won’t last here with that attitude, and Graham will push Michael for a start now Michael’s back.”
Last season Falkirk failed to win at Central Park, drawing 1-1 and losing 4-1, yet defeated Colin Cameron’s side twice without conceding at The Falkirk Stadium.
The first meeting of this season pits Gary Holt against the Blue Brazil manager who has been a familiar football foe throughout the Bairns’ manager’s playing days.
“I played against Colin Cameron, played against him at Raith and Hearts and when Norwich played Wolves, so I know Mickey well.
“We get on well, we know eachother from Scotland too, and we’ll have a catch-p before and after - we’ll both want to win and there’ll be no love lost during the game and then we’ll have a drink and decipher the game.
I’m catching the old faces again after all these years and seeing more the more games I go to, even now, six months in, Saturday was the first time in a long time I’d seen Chick Young.”
Falkirk fans should enter via Chapel Street. Adults £15, children £8, OAPs £8.
Elliots supporters bus leaves the bar at 1.30p.m. on Saturday. Call Brian on 0758465845.
Kevin McAllister FSC and Senior Bairns are not running buses this week.