Falkirk’s late rally fails to halt protests in Partick defeat

Picture John Devlin 12/03/11.   FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v  Dunfermline. Steven Pressley in reflective mood.
Picture John Devlin 12/03/11. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Dunfermline. Steven Pressley in reflective mood.

STEVEN Pressley was defiant after seeing his side rally to restore pride in a 3-2 defeat at home to Partick Thistle.

The Bairns had fallen 3-0 down as the Glasgow side coasted ahead, but Falkirk fought back and scored twice in the second half through Tam McManus’ diving header and Carl Finnigan’s opportunist strike.

Chris Erskine - the man who KO’d the Bairns from this season’s Scottish Cup with an early goal at Firhill - struck again after eight minutes, then again before half time.

Kris Doolan then laid on the third and banner protests were in evidence inside The Falkirk Stadium.

But the three goals instilled a sense of urgency to the Bairns who were without first choice central defensive pairing Brian McLean and Thomas Scobbie.

“I am going nowhere,” said the Bairns boss. “But we clearly can’t play as poorly as we did in the first half and expect results.

“The inconsistency we have shown this season says we won’t win all of our remaining games as is necessary - but we can only continue to keep on going until it is mathematically impossible.”

Jack Compton was dropped from the matchday squad altogether, though The Falkirk Herald understands he is not carrying an injury.

Elsewhere, Stenhousemuir provied the party platform for Livingston to wrap up the Second Division title. The Lions won 3-0 at Ochilview. East Stirling lost 2-0 in Stranraer.

Dunipace Juniors drew 0-0 with Vale of Leven at Westfield Park to complete a miserable win-less day for the local football clubs.

Bairnstrust are hosting an emergency fans’ meeting on Monday night (April 11, 2011) at 7 p.m. in The Falkirk Stadium.