OUR 12TH MAN GIVES US THE EDGE

21/09/11. John Devlin. Communities Cup. Falkirk FC (3)  V Rangers FC (2).

21/09/11. John Devlin. Communities Cup. Falkirk FC (3) V Rangers FC (2).

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steven Pressley watched in awe as his young side swept away Rangers - and listened in amazement at the backing given by Falkirk fans.

The Bairns boss said that the electric atmosphere inside the Westfield stadium was a key part in helping his side achieve an historic victory.

Now he hopes that the feel-good factor will encourage more fans to head through the turnstiles each week - and give the club some much needed extra-revenue.

“The fans want to watch football with energy and commitment - and that’s what we’ve been giving them,” Pressley told Heraldsport.

“I think there’s a real bond forming between the team and our supporters.

“They can see the desire and drive our players have.

“The Rangers game has obviously given everyone a boost.”

Pressley was speaking as Falkirk launched a new supporters ‘flexi-pass’.

The ticket allows fans to attend ten of the club’s 15 remaining home games this season.

It has been introduced to give fans - especially those who may have given up their season tickets - an incentive to return to watching regular games.

Falkirk’s continuing absence from Scottish football’s top division has had an adverse affect on match attendances - the club’s number one source of income.

More than 800 fans failed to renew their season tickets in the summer following a disappointing end to Falkirk’s promotion campaign.

The Bairns now need to sell an extra 500 matchday tickets for each remaining home game if they are to meet their budget for this season - otherwise even more swingeing cuts to the club’s already meagre budget may be required.

It’s no secret that fans want to watch exciting football and back a winning team - so Falkirk bosses are banking that the team can maintain it’s good form.

Meanwhile, Steven Pressley has sent video footage of last Saturday’s game against Morton to SFA referee supremo John Fleming.

Elvis was furious that the Bairns had no less than THREE goals chalked off during the game at Cappielow Park - two of which he felt were legitimate.

“I have looked at both goals and without doubt, they should have stood,” he said.

“I sent the footage in because I wanted them to analyse the goals as I think it’s important, because of the stakes, that it’s brought to their attention.

“We all make mistakes but these are crucial decisions in terms of our season.”