Lions’ share of goals expected

Livingston striker Kenny Deuchar in action against Brechin.''*Free to use with credit for Robert Speirs*
Livingston striker Kenny Deuchar in action against Brechin.''*Free to use with credit for Robert Speirs*
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NEITHER Falkirk, nor Livingston, have managed to keep a clean sheet in the First Division this season.

However, they’ve both been banging in the goals across all competitions.

The Bairns’ strikeforce of Farid El Allagui and Kallum Higginbotham has netted a dozen of the Bairns 19 competitive goals, while Livi have scored 25 times across all competitions.

That could mean a goal-fest in store at the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium this weekend, and that’s exactly what Steven Pressley expects when he comes face to face with former charge Kenny Deuchar.

“Both sides have been creating a lot of opportunities and scoring goals, and both are filled with youngsters so it will be an attractive proposition for football supporters and an interesting game.

“The ingredients are there for an exciting Saturday afternoon.”

Falkirk’s scoring tally has helped the club on to a successful run with just one defeat - away at Raith - in nine matches, and the confidence is increasing as seen at Methil on Sunday.

“The players are building their confidence, but we need to ensure we don’t get ahead of ourselves but for the moment there’s an enjoyment and a freedom to their football and that’s encouraging,” the boss said.

“The run we’re on is very encouraging, ultimately winning games breeds confidence.

“But I genuinely think there’s more to improve on. I want the guys to strive to improve further and never be satisfied with a performance, even though the second half on Sunday was so good - I want more.”

On the injury front David Weatherston is still “weeks away” from complete match fitness but performed well at East Fife and again during “rigorous” midweek training sessions.

Blair Alston is back in the reckoning but Stephen Kingsley’s injury is still causing the youngster problems.

El Allagui has returned from a break home in France and is expected to start after his Ramsdens Cup suspension.