Houston to put Bairns on the spot

Easter Road Stadium. Hibernian FC v Falkirk FC. Ladbrokes SPFL Premiership play-off semi-final first leg. Peter Houston.
Easter Road Stadium. Hibernian FC v Falkirk FC. Ladbrokes SPFL Premiership play-off semi-final first leg. Peter Houston.

Falkirk will practise penalties ahead of tomorrow night’s make-or-break match with Hibs.

The sides have drawn each of their last four games, with only one victory coming this season – a narrow win for Hibs via the penalty spot in October.

Ex-Bairns captain and Hibs defender Darren Dods predicted it would be a tight affair, and so it proved, and – if neither side can break the deadlock – Houston plans to be prepared for a spot-kick shootout.

“We will practise penalties, because the clubs have been so evenly matched with five draws and the one win for Hibs in October, it could go to extra time and beyond quite simply.

“It could be decided by a mistake from one of the players, or it could take a wondergoal from one of the players on each side to settle it. That’s how keenly fought the games have been this season and how it could end up on Friday.

“We don’t have to go into a game chasing it with that mindset on Friday, we go in with a clean slate and winner takes all.

“[Tuesday night] proves there’s little between the sides.”

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