Kieran Duffie did his best to obliterate one of his most painful football memories with Saturday’s convincing win.
The right-back was among Billy Stark’s team who fell 6-0 to England under-21s last week. It meant he missed the first training sessions on Falkirk’s new pitch, but had something to prove on Saturday. “It was a disappointing night for everyone involved but it was great for me as an SPFL Championship player – I’d never played against players of that ability but obviously it was disappointing and I’m back to focus on winning with Falkirk, but that’ll stay at the back of my mind. The good thing about football is theres always a chance to redeem yourself. “We played well in the first half with some really good football but we went a lot longer in the second half, and a bit deeper, and invited pressurebut we were comfortable in the end. “In pre-season we have been tense when we haven’t scored, but the gaffer said relax, play your way and it’ll come and once we got the first goal we did and grew in confidence. Halftime came at a bad time for us, because at that point we were on the front foot playing really well, it was a good result for us. “The boys had been training on the pitch all week, but I got my first taste on Thursday and it’s brilliant. The zip on it once it’s wet is great and for the way we want to play it’s perfect.” And despite the hiding at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane, Duffie would welcome a re-match. “I’d definitely welcome another crack at it – we wouldn’t be anywhere near as bad. For ten minutes in the second half they scored four and we were all over the place and got punished for it. I don’t think it’d be anywhere near as bad if we had another one. “For an under-21s crowd there were 25,000 there, then the first team game the next night, it’s a big occasion and everyone enjoys it. It’s great for Scottish players to play against England, I’d definitely like to see it back more regularly.”