Confidence, despite a defeat in Dumfries is high among Falkirk staff and players.
Gary Holt’s side was patchwork in places, but he believes the best has yet to come from his Bairns. “We can play better than that and I’m buzzing for the boys to still be in the tie,” he told the press after the game.”We had guys out there like David McCracken who shouldn’t have been playing.” And all was not lost for the goalscorer Blair Alston either. “The late goal was disappointing to lose after we had scored so early on,” he told The Falkirk Herald. “It would’ve been good to hold on to the win or draw and be a bit more comfortable going back to our stadium. “It’s not the worst result in the world but obviously it’d have been better to draw or win but it’ll still be very tight, and it’s just half-time. If you trail at half-time in any other game you don’t consdder the game as being over so we don’t either, we put it to bed and go for the win on Saturday.” The attacking mentality is sure to be in evidence on Saturday with Doonhamers boss Jim McIntyre insisting his side won’t sit out for the draw and will go on the attack at Westfield on Saturday. But Alston says the Bairns will be going for goals too. “There’s plenty to play for and plenty of time still to go in it. It was a strange game because Queen’s seemed to feel they had to win it there and then, and they’ll be confident for Saturday too knowing if they don’t concede then they’re through, but we are confident we can score goals, especially at home. “We’re comfy at home and play better football on our pitch, we got sucked into lumping it long tonight and sometimes we do that on other surfaces, but that doesn’t suit us. “ And Alston, who is 5/1 to open the scoring wouldn’t put another strike beyond him, if he’s involved. “My goal was good, it was similar to the one I scored earlier in the season here and it really settled us down . They changed shape and then it got scrappy.”