Nathan Austin didn’t look happy coming off without a hat-trick on Saturday.
However the Falkirk striker insists he should have had one after being pushed in the back by Conrad Balatoni when clean through on Greg Fleming in the second half.
“I thought it was a penalty. The defender pushed me in the back and I don’t know why the linesman or the referee hasn’t given it.
“I think I should have had [a penalty] and probably should have taken the shot earlier but he’s not given it, but in the end I’m happy with the win.”
The Bairn admitted an all-action performance was beginning to catch up with him when Peter Houston made the change and denied him another crack at a third.
He added: “I’ve been a bit ill and choked with the cold throughout the week and we have good boys on the bench capable of coming on. I was feeling a bit leggy towards the end but in the last five minutes we really pushed on and could have had a hatful.”
“I saw a specialist about the hamstring. We found an 18cm strain in there so it was quite serious and I was coming back too early each time.
“I rushed back a few time and it kept reccurring.
“Now I have changed how I run a little bit but I’m feeling good and hopefully that’s me now until the end of the season.”
Austin’s brother Jordan remains at his old club EWast Fife after following in his brother’s footsteps from amateur status at Leven United, to New Bayview. However though big brother Nathan is enjoying a rich vein of form, the younger Austin sibling is struggling to make an impact on Barry Smith’s side.
Nathan added: “My brother isnt playing much part at the moment, and he just has to bide his time. I’ve had to do it in the past and it’s just a part of football. I’ve been in his shoes before.
“There’s no rivallry between us, I’ve always been older and he’s been chasing me but he’s a good young player.
“I’ll speak to him if he needs any advice off of me, we’re quite close but I won’t be boasting about the two tap-ins I scored [at Ayr]!”