Holt warns over criticism

Image: by Gary Hutchison. FALKIRK, Westfield Stadium, Falkirk FC v Livingston FC. Gary Holt.
Image: by Gary Hutchison. FALKIRK, Westfield Stadium, Falkirk FC v Livingston FC. Gary Holt.

Gary Holt has urged patience from the Falkirk faithful, warning overly criticising the young players could set them back.

It’s something the club staff take note of when attempting to iron out mistakes among the first-team.

The Bairns boss revealed the motivation behind Saturday’s emphatic second half performance which contributed to a 4-1 victory over John McGlynn’s side.

He told Rory Loy - scorer of two goals - to stop getting frustrated and to take positives from his first half performance into the second half and it reaped rewards.

He added: “No individual goes out to make mistakes, if they get frustrated we lose a player. And you see that when he [Rory} takes the positives from his game and how well he did after the break.”

There was also an impressive perofrmance from Craig Sibbald - a target for criticism early in the season.

The player told Falkirk’s in-house TV channel FalkirkTV he was “back to his best” and Holt said he has to be careful in handling the teenagers in his squad.

He added: “The only thing I ask for is hard work because they’re technically good players.

“We know they’re a young squad and they’ll make mistakes, and we’ve got to allow for that and let them learn - the goal they got was poor - but you can’t castigate kids for making mistakes and that’s what they are - most are teenagers.

“You’ve got to give them a bit of lea-way and hopefully they learn.

“If we get at them and castigate them and criticise too much you can maybe scar them from playing football and that’s something we cannot afford to do.

“We need them to play to make us a better team and themselves better players.”