Captain bemoans near misses

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DARREN Dods almost handed Falkirk a lead with a prolonged pivot and dainty curling chip in the Ross County box but was delighted to see an equally unlikely goalscorer Kieran Duffie find the net.

The right-back put the Bairns ahead with 15 minutes of the game to go, and the Falkirk captain admits he thought the teenager’s strike was enough to win.

“I thought we had them,” he told The Falkirk Herald.

“We were on top for a lot of the game. It would have been a massive three points, but they’ve somehow got away with a draw.

“It looked like Duffie had hit the winner - it was a great strike, but a rare one with his left foot, drilled in.”

Dods knows as captain there’s an onus on him to lift the Bairns’ spirits after a draw which felt like a defeat, but it’s a sore one for him too.

“They pushed forward but couldn’t carve us open.

“We have scored a few last minute goals this season but it’s always hard to take when it happens to you.”

The Bairns proved themselves more than a match for a County-side fabled as the best in the First Division.

Next up is Livingston away - where the Bairns salvaged a draw in the last minute on a previous visit.

“we just have to pick ourselves up and work hard against Livi next week, and chip away at County’s lead.

“We showed we were a match for them - up at their place they pulled away from us, but not this time.

“Livingston is a big game, we scored a last minute penalty there, and we will look at that and hope teams take points from County and we can take advantage when they do.

“I took a knock on the knee but with a week’s rest - I should be fine.”