Pressley says Bairns must learn from defeat

Falkirk suffered disappointment at Firhill
Falkirk suffered disappointment at Firhill

After a 4-1 defeat at Partick, Steven Pressley will pick a side to return to winning ways on Saturday against Airdrie.

David Weatherston and Craig Sibbald are slowly building fitness while Jonny Flynn will return to training yesterday.

The Bairns boss has analyzed video of the weekend defeat in Glasgow and has identified the causes to the players.

“The lines didn’t play close enough togther. When we play, we play a pressing game but the pressure was not there from us going forward and closing Partick Thistle down.

“In possession we were too often out of position – that meant when we lost the ball the team’s structure was not right, and that is what is important especuially when you’re playing such young players.”

The boss has stuck to a 4-1-3-1-1 formation predominantly this season and says it is important to stick with the structure.

“The game at Partick showed why we must keep the structure. Over the last three months when we have been playing well we have stuck closely to the structure for the team.

“On Saturday, we didn’t stick as closely to the principles and that showed in the result.

“When you’re playing with young players you get games l;ike that but it proved that when working with young players you must follow the progression and follow the structure.”

Sean Higgins came on against Thistle and Pressley expects more from his experienced forward.

“Sean admitted he was frustrated at his performance and he did look a little heavy-legged.

“However I believe that is because of the effort he has been putting in on the training ground. Sean Higgins has spent almost two years out injured and when you suffer that, your base fitness can be affected too.

“He has been working incredibley hard and I have seen a real difference in him over the past fortnight. He can be a magical player for us, and he is steadily getting closer to the fitness levels we need.”

David Weatherston is almost fully fit ahead of Saturday’s game, and Craig Sibbald has continued running this week in a bid to build fitness.