Delighted Falkirk boss Steven Pressley says his team came of age as they snatched a memorable derby victory against Dunfermline on Boxing Day.
And the Bairns boss paid tribute to his side’s supporters who created a fervent atmosphere at East End Park.
Blair Alston sent them away happy as he swept home the winner on the stroke of the 90th minute to give ten-man Falkirk all three points in a terrific derby contest.
The Bairns were down to ten men by the time the winner came after Kieran Duffie was shown a second yellow card with five minutes to go.
But Pressley’s team gave everything throughout this match, and the manager hailed their efforts.
The Pars were also reduced to ten men after Jordan McMillan was sent off for his part in a first half fracas with Stewart Murdoch.
“I’m really pleased,” smiled the Bairns gaffer. “It was a wonderful result, but although it is a terrific run, we won’t look any further than Saturday and the next game.
“We didn’t compromise the way we played, we passed the ball and got rewards.
“But I also give credit to Dunfermline because they were down to ten men for more than 55 minutes of the match and showed terrific character, especially after what the players have been through in recent months, but for us it was a wonderful result and a wonderful day.
“We are exceptionally young and started with five of our starting line-up aged 18 years old and younger, but weare able to come to tough places like this with such yopung players and get a result - it really makes me proud.
“One other word has to go to our supporters, its been an indifferent season for us at times, but I thought they were wonderful today, they have really stayed behind us and turned out in great numbers today.”
Club sources indicated more than 1,200 Bairns made the trip across the Forth to make up a 5,746 crowd.
Dumbarton now stand between the Bairns and a sixth consecutive win, and they go into Saturday on a high after Alston’s dramatic winner.
Entry for Saturday’s game is reduced to £10 and £5. The North stand will be closed for the game.