Falkirk take advantage as top two slip

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TAM McManus was Falkirk’s hero in a vital win at Palmerston. McManus had a slice of luck in steering home the winner on 25 minutes after Falkirk fought off Queen of the South. Referee Stevie Nicholls flashed seven yellow cards with few fouls meriting a caution, but Falkirk prevailed. McManus though was on the end of hard challenge in 65 minutes and had to be replaced by Pedro Moutinho, but not before he hit the post in the second half with a header. “He’s an important player around the place,” said boss Steven Pressley. And McManus proved that right being in the right place at the right time to scramble the ball into the net when Mark Stewart’s cross had been sliced into his path by the unfortunate David Weatherston. Robert Olejnik did his part too keeping Ryan McGuffie out with a low save and Burton O’Brien too cleared off the line from the midfielder. Elsewhere East Stirlingshire took the lead at Montrose and scored again to win 2-0 but Stenhousemuir lost a two goal lead to draw 2-2 at Peterhead.