Falkirk boss looking ahead - but only as far as Dumfries

Pic Lisa McPhillips 01/02/2013'Scottish Championship, Falkirk FC v Morton FC'Falkirk manager Gary Holt
Pic Lisa McPhillips 01/02/2013'Scottish Championship, Falkirk FC v Morton FC'Falkirk manager Gary Holt
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It says a lot for the mad world of football management that on the day Gary Holt marked 10 months in charge of Falkirk, he also became the THIRD longest-serving boss at a SPFL Championship club.

John Brown’s departure from Dundee this week means that of his managerial colleagues in the second-tier only Dumbarton’s Ian Murray and Raith boss Grant Murray have been in jobs longer.

Pic Lisa McPhillips 18/10/2013'Scottish Championship,Cowdenbeath FC  v Falkirk FC'Rory Loy cele 0-2

Pic Lisa McPhillips 18/10/2013'Scottish Championship,Cowdenbeath FC v Falkirk FC'Rory Loy cele 0-2

“It’s strange to think I’ve only been at this club for less than a year and am already one of the longest-serving in the league,” Holt told Heraldsport.

“However, that’s still only ten months and I’ve really enjoyed the time here. I’m looking forward to many more months in charge at Falkirk and hopefully building on the work we’ve started.”

That has seen the Bairns go on a well-publicised unbeaten run, including a lengthy period of time keeping clean sheets. It ended on Saturday with Dougie Imrie’s goal thwarting a record-breaking attempt, but the draw maintains the impetus at the top of the league.

“We showed a lot of endeavour and kept going (against Morton) but they had put in a lot of effort in the week before and I think that - plus the unsettled nature of the last week of January - contributed to the performance. I can’t fault them, but to be honest I half expected a reaction after they had given so much against Dundee and over the course of the games we’ve had recently.”

Queen of the South await in a rescheduled match moved from the monsoon in December.

“I’ll take any conditions that are different to that day,” the manager added. “Queen of the South don’t have a set system and change regularly, but Jim (McIntyre) has them well-drilled and set up in that regard. It’ll be tough but we are fully focussed on our own task - the rest will take care of itself.”

That’s a clear reference to the other match going on between second-placed Dundee and third-placed Hamilton. Holt will not look at that result until after full-time at Palmerston.

“All we focus on is winning our games. It won’t happen every week but so long as we try to do that each week we’ll be fine.”

David McCracken returned to outdoor training this week but is unlikely to be risked, and Luke Leahy is carrying a knock from last week.

New Bairns Joe Chalmers and Mark Begg featured in this week’s under-20s 1-0 win over Dunfermline, thanks to a Lewis Small goal.