James McDonaugh
James McDonaugh

Not much changed on Saturday for Falkirk with Peter Houston on a one-match suspension.

It was still a clean sheet, an emphatic win and third place for the Bairns with James McDonaugh at the temporary helm and the manager in the stand.

And McDonaugh praised his side’s defensive traits which have seen them lose just two goals more than Rangers and Hibs ahead of them.

“We don’t go out to necessarily keep clean sheets,” the assistant said. “We just go to win football games.

“But the clean sheets have been a boost. We’ve had changes at the back this season, but we’ve defended from the front.

“First and foremost we want to win and to do that you score goals. We scored three against St Mirren after conceding two, but we scored three on Saturday, won the game and the clean sheet is a bonus.”

Despite the chopping and changing at the back, the results have still been consistently positive for Falkirk, and that didn’t change with a dug-out swap on Saturday.

“Nothing much changed,” explained McDonaugh. “We do a lot through the week and named the team on Friday and come 2pm we got St Mirren’s team and had a look.

“It was just a case me going in and giving the team-talk and getting the boys up for it.

“It was just a different face really and I’m looking forward to having the gaffer back in at Starks Park. But it was good to win and then hand back to him with a 100 per cent record!”