Lee Miller was Falkirk’s saviour, rising from the bench to fire the winner, and move Falkirk back up to second in the league.
Indeed it was John Hughes’ side who went closest with Craig Barr’s ninth minute effort from close range striking the crossbar. Bob McHugh hit the same woodwork – in front of the south stand – in the second half and John Baird had an effort saved on the line before Miller rode to the rescue.
Fraser Aird flashed a half-volley wide after a Luke Leahy throw was flicked on by Hippolyte and found the ex-Rangers man in space. Bob McHugh also had the ball in the net for the Bairns but was well offside.
It had been McManus’ chance which had gone closest to breaking the deadlock and Falkirk’s failure to score threatened to cost them.
In the second half they continued to press, but Rovers went close themselves in sporadic counter-attacks with Robbie Thomson required to block Ryan Hardie’s shot with his legs.
It was practically Rovers’’ only chance of the second period to speak of, and their dismal away record continues having taken just 11 points away from Starks’ Park – though three of them came in a 4-2 win at Falkirk last year.
With Dundee United falling to Queen of the South, Dumbarton winning against Morton and Hibs held by Dunfermline, it’s a handy three points for Peter Houston’s side to benefit from at the top end of the SPFL Championship.