Falkirk’s Baird happy to contribute

Falkirk's John Baird squares up to Dunfermline skipper Andy Geggan (Pic by Michael Gillen)
Falkirk's John Baird squares up to Dunfermline skipper Andy Geggan (Pic by Michael Gillen)

Although Falkirk forwards John Baird and Bob McHugh didn’t score in the 2-1 win over Dunfermline last Saturday, Baird was delighted they contributed in other areas.

Baird (31) told the Falkirk Herald: “If I scored one goal on Saturday but I was poor, the gaffer wouldn’t be happy because we probably wouldn’t have won the game.

“I think if myself and Bob are playing like that on a Saturday then the goals will come anyway. The team will win games.

“If strikers can keep the ball so many times out of 10 up the park it helps you win the game because you are not giving the ball away.

“It is a massive help.

“As long as I’m getting chances I know eventually it will hit the back of the net and I’ll go on a run again.”

Baird was happy to put himself about physically against Dunfermline defender Lee Ashcroft – a much taller man – during Saturday’s game.

“The physical aspect of the game doesn’t bother me,” Baird said.

“I think I’m one of those sizes that I’m quite awkward for people.

“I’m quite wide and small so it’s quite difficult for the taller players to mark me.”

Baird and his mates will try and make it six league wins from seven in this Saturday’s home game against his former club Raith Rovers.

Baird said: “Every game in this division is tough.

“Even Ayr (who Falkirk recently lost 1-0 to in the Challenge Cup after beating them 2-0 in the league) have provided the two hardest games we’ve been involved in this season.

“But we know what Raith are about and what we are about, so I’m sure if we perform we’ll win the game.

“Seventeen points is a good return at the start of the season considering we had six new signings – seven if you include Danny Rogers.”