Falkirk pledge to stop Hibs away run

Falkirk claimed all three points when they visited Easter Road in August. Picture: Michael Gillen
Falkirk claimed all three points when they visited Easter Road in August. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Falkirk plan to use their insider knowledge to bring down Hibernian for the second time this season.

The Bairns have a number of ex-Hibees on their books and walked away with three points the last time the two clubs met in August.

Although Alan Stubbs has rung the changes in Edinburgh since replacing Terry Butcher in the summer, Bairns assistant boss James McDonaugh – who followed midfielders Tom Taiwo and Owain Tudor Jones in switching Easter Road for Westfield – said he’s well aware of the danger their new signings pose.

“Hibs have settled down in the past couple of months,” he said. “They’ve won their last six away matches and look to be playing with real confidence after a slow start to the season.

“They’ve found that magic formula – playing well and getting results.

“They have brought in new players, but I still keep a close eye on the club and we know what they can do.”

McDonaugh and boss Peter Houston will warn their players to be wary of Hibs’ attacking threat. But the Bairns will be confident that they can put a halt to Edinburgh team’s mini-revival after booking their place in the Scottish Cup fifth round last weekend.

“Hibs will be smarting a bit from the last time we played them,” added McDonaugh. “But we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Falkirk will be expecting to have less time on the ball than when they faced a stuffy Cowdenbeath last Saturday. Jimmy Nicholl’s side were content to dig in around their box, where as Hibs are likely to push men forward from the off.

Meanwhile, Falkirk are reminding home supporters that tickets for Saturday’s game will only be sale from the club shop until noon.

There will be no cash turnstiles in operation.