Super sub Bob McHugh rescueed the Bairns again with a leveller late-on – with his first touch of the ball after coming on as a sub.
The Bairns pressed for a winner following it, but a draw was a fair result for both sides’ efforts.
Falkirk,for the second week running, were slow out of the blocks.
And they were punished very early on, with ex-Bairn Rory Loy thumping the Saints ahead after just six minutes.
The Bairns defence should have cleared but crosses into the box for the duration of the first half caused panic across the back-four who did not look comfortable with Loy up against Luca Gasparotto and Peter Grant wrestling John Sutton.
Falkirk career. Both Saints goals gave the keeper no chance and he was called upon early when Mark Kerr’s slack pass to Luke Leahy was picked off by Kyle Magennis, but the Saint blasted straight at the Bairns keeper.
It was a sign of things to come and moments later they were ahead.
Falkirk didn’t get into gear until well into the game, but by that stage they were level.
Miller’s presence was missed at Tannadice last week but his return gave Falkirk an injection of experience and guile, not to mention strength to battle against the likes of Gary McKenzie. It also helped with his link-up play and a clever reverse pass sent John Baird in, but a scuffed shot was bundled out by the
Bairns were fortunate to go in level at the break, with many of the
home sidelooking off colour and a non-existent midfield being over-powered by the Paisley side.
Stevie Mallan saw a free-kick well held by Thomson moments before the interval, and hit another one after the break that struck the top of the
Falkirk defensive wall.
The midfielder had scored a cracker of a set-piece here last year, but it was his midfield partner, Stephen McGinn’s turn.
Lee Miller was among the defence, mucking in to try and move the
However it was a change with 13 minutes to go that proved Houston’s salvation. Lee Miller cramped up and was replaced by Bob McHugh and the super sub, who burst into life at this stage of last season reprised the role with his first touch levelling the scores at 2-2.