Murdoch makes a start in Bairns first team

STEWART Murdoch put in a solid ?rst shift for Falkirk at Firhill, and hopes he can continue in Steven Pressley's plans for this weekend's trip to Dundee.

The 20-year-old, from

Linlithgow, has been with

Bairns for six years and

was farmed out on loan

to East Fife for much of

2010.

But the mid?elder has

returned to Falkirk and

made his presence felt

in the middle of the park

during Tuesday night's

battling defeat.

"I was pleased with my

performance," Murdoch

told Heraldsport.

"My time out on loan

really helped me and it

was great to ?nally get

a start.

"I told the manager

before the game that

I'd been waiting a long

time for this chance to

start, and I was going to

take it.

"He was pleased with

that and I hope I can

keep my place now.

"The boys were all really

supportive too and they

told me they felt I did

enough to stay in the

team - hopefully they're

right."

Murdoch got stuck into

Thistle's middle men,

and belied the stats

that credited him with a

maiden start in the ?rst

team.

His addition gave a

strength to the mid?eld,

something that was

missing against Queen of

the South.

"That's what my game is

all about - getting in and

about and closing down

and playing with a high

intensity.

"I really enjoyed it."

He picked up an ankle

knock late on but

believes he'll still be ?ne

and in consideration for

Saturday's crunch clash

at Dundee.

"I think the adrenaline

kept me going but it's

just a kick.

"It was disappointing to

lose the game but the

boys are upbeat because

I think the performance

was good.

"I could have scored

in the ?rst half and

we had chances, so it

wasn't the best debut in

terms of result but the

performance was good."