Bairns seek boost from Central Park

Photo: John Devlin. LIVINGSTON. Stadium Way. Livingston v Falkirk. A delighted  Falkirk manager with Mark Millar and Craig Sibbald at full time.
Photo: John Devlin. LIVINGSTON. Stadium Way. Livingston v Falkirk. A delighted Falkirk manager with Mark Millar and Craig Sibbald at full time.

Gary Holt says Falkirk will, as usual, go for the win at Cowdenbeath

After last week’s scoreless frustration, the boss anticipates a more entertaining game at Central Park, Cowdenbeath tomorrow - it wouldn’t be difficult.

Holt defended Falkirk’s endeavour last week against an extremely defensive Hamilton side.

“Last week we didn’t hold on for a point – I wonder how many people acknowledged that – we put the effort in, never hid right until the final whistle and wanted to win the game, that’s the way we are.

“We were under no pressure and it’s up to us all players and staff to work out how to break these teams down.

“We could’ve gone 4-5-1 and let Dundee’s result take care of itself – but we have a mandate and want to win. It wasn’t sweetness and light, it was a bit boring but we need a gameplan to counter-act that.”

Falkirk have found it difficult in recent weeks to breakdown teams who are defending for their lives against the division’s in-form team. But they have managed it, even though Rory Loy has been forced to convert two penalties to help them on their way.

“I don’t know if there will be more of the same on Saturday at Cowdenbeath because they need to win games.

“One point is no good for them. They might take a point if you offered it before the game with unbeaten Falkirk coming along but but I think they need the three points more and hopefully that will help make it an entertaining game.

“We want to entertain and win but you can lose playing entertaining football too.

“It might not be pretty all the time, it’s not a Falkirk Stadium surface, it’s tight narrow and you have to battle and do the work to win the game. That’s what the team will be set up to do and that’s what we’ll tell them before the game.

“With Hamilton at Dundee it’s interesting times. January onwards is when it gets interesting – not August to December – that’s when teams start to pull away and suspensions, injuries, and transfers influence the squads but that time also gives the chance to the Johnny Flynns, the Olus and the Blair Alstons to get into the side.”

David McCracken limped off for the second consecutive week but has been monitored this week but may not be risked with Johnny Flynn ably covering each time.

“We’ve only conceded six goals away from home - but we don’t set up any different - we always go out to win the games,” Holt added. “Eight games unbeaten - five wins and three draws is a decent record - a lot of teams would like that kind of form.”

The Bairns played Dunfermline in a bounce game at The Falkirk Stadium on Tuesday. It ended 2-2.