Falkirk v Dundee preview: Gary Holt urges Bairns fans to bring the noise

Gary Holt is hoping for a big home support at The Falkirk Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Lisa McPhillips
Gary Holt is hoping for a big home support at The Falkirk Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Lisa McPhillips

Falkirk boss Gary Holt says a bumper crowd could make all the difference in Saturday’s big match with Dundee.

The Bairns could go top of the Championship with a win and Hamilton fail to do the same.

And Holt welcomed the change in atmosphere as the team was cheered off Central Park after a rip-roaring second half display defeated Cowdenbeath.

“You could sense it on Saturday and it was reciproated - it got a response,” Holt told Heraldsport.

“If you make a positive atmosphere it’s immeasurable to just what that can do for the players - it can help them go that extra bit.

“Wherever I’ve been as a player I’ve had a good relationship with fans and appreciated the support and it helps find that extra yard which can be all the difference.”

The big-match atmosphere is not just important to the players though, it’s something being investigated and studied by the club following the fans survey that slammed the matchday experience at The Falkirk Stadium.

General manager David White, business development boss Kieran Koszary and fans Gordon Macfarlane and Dougie Hill have formed a working party to improve on all areas flagged up in the critical questionaire.

Koszary said: “We want a big 4500-plus crowd on Saturday to get a buzz about the place because there is a lot of positive things happening at the moment - not least on the park.

“We’ll look at all aspects - the concept, the culture and the club. We’re exploring new ideas in retail and welcome any suggestions on where to improve things. That’s another area we’re developing - to create a direct communication channel for fans to make suggestions or raise concerns.” Meanwhile, two consecutive half-time substitutions for Bairns elder David McCracken has prompted the defender to seek specialist advice.

At Livingston he withdrew at the interval with a tightened thigh and in the draw with Hamilton a kick to the calf curtailed his game.

But Holt revealed the defender, who has been replaced each time by Johnny Flynn, has visited a specialist.

“We believe there may be an under-lying issue with David picking up these little niggles. He’s experienced to know when something’s not right and honest enough to admit it. The specialist has looked at his back and hips to judge the alignment to find out of that is the problem and cause.”