Positive reaction since Aberdeen defeat

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Losing heavily to Aberdeen has been a wake-up call to Falkirk’s players, according to Gary Holt.

The Bairns boss says he’s seen a significant improvement since the 5-0 reverse which was screened live on BBC2 last month.

Pic Lisa McPhillips 05/10/2013'SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP - Falkirk FC v Queen of the South FC'Westfield Stadium, Falkirk'Gary Holt and Stevie Crawford

Pic Lisa McPhillips 05/10/2013'SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP - Falkirk FC v Queen of the South FC'Westfield Stadium, Falkirk'Gary Holt and Stevie Crawford

“It’s not nice to have your pants pulled down on live TV and I think even the staff have stepped it up to improve and help us as a group to get better, sometimes you need to take a few out to take stock and that’ll happen again because we’re not going to play every game, thats impossible, there’s a young group with the stress and pressure week in week out so we have to let them recharge and recuperate.”

That was the case with Phil Roberts who has admitted in a statement on the club website that his own, and the team’s, performance was not good enough.

“I’ve seen an improvement in everyone,” added Holt.

“Phil was exceptional on Saturday after his knock and his dip - but that’s to be expected, we know that - it’s how we manage them and how you protect them from themselves ratehr than grinding on through it, you have to take them out the firing line and protect them and give them some down-time - they are young guys. We know where we’re at with them and how to gauge them and get the best out of them.

“Rory’s goals have come through hard work and I say it often enough - put that in and the results take care of themselves and thankfully we’ve had that for the majority of the first quarter.

“It’s great to have my striker scoring goals.”

Loy has hit seven for the Bairns, three doubles in the league plus the equaliser against Ayr in the Communities League Cup. “He’s not doing it by half measures and it’s good that they’re dove-tailing well. Rakish is coming in and doing his bit, and I’m sure he’ll make an impact in the coming weeks.

“There’s been a lot of games in a short space of time, so it’s time to take stock after Saturday and see how we’ve done, good and bad, I think voerall we’ve been delighted by how the boys have applied themselves.

We look at every six games to make a gauge on where we’re at and where we need to improve as a team, and as individuals and staff - it’s about us as well as the team - and we do the debrief and look ahead and make plans it’s not a day to day job and yopu’ve got to be aware what’s over the horizon in the future, but the end of the fuirst quarter gives us a good stock of where we’re at.

“We want to be up there, and chase the teams above us so we have a chance to do that on Saturday and we have a game plan and we now need to execute it.”