Bairns aim to build on ‘special day’

Steven Pressley says the fans' support was a boost for his young team
Steven Pressley says the fans' support was a boost for his young team

Supporters at the Falkirk Stadium applauded their team off the park on Saturday despite a 1-0 defeat to league leaders Morton.

And Bairns boss Steven Pressley believes it’s given a massive boost to his players ahead of Saturday’s visit to Firhill.

Despite the defeat, a team averaging just 19.5 years old controlled long spells of the game, giving the Bairns boss hope for the future.

“The supporters were fantastic – to be honest they have been all season.

“But on Saturday there was a real united feeling about the club. I felt it showed people evidence of what we are doing, where we are going and what we can do. They gave the players their backing and the players responded.

“It was a special day for the club and everyone associated with it. In terms of results it wasn’t the best, but in terms of performance and its significance I was incredibly proud.”

Rookie defender Liam Dick was drafted in at left-back with Stephen Kingsley moved to central defence while Dale Fulton seized the chance of a rare 80 minutes with a fine display.

However both look set to sit out Firhill on Saturday as Darren Dods and Stewart Murdoch return to the fold after suspension.

Jonny Flynn has also served his ban but has developed an ankle injury in training. Craig Sibbald, also has an ankle knock and the pair look likely to miss out with David Weatherston also struggling for fitness.