Bairns keeper looking for a good start to 2013

McGovern believes it will be a good year for Falkirk
McGovern believes it will be a good year for Falkirk
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Falkirk keeper Michael McGovern is looking forward to 2013 - and relishing “lots of wins”.

In a year which included a Ramsdens Cup and Hampden appearance and closed with a run of five victories, the Bairns number one believes the signs are positive for a good 2013 - even though the last result of the year was a surprise 4-3 defeat to bottom-club Dumbarton.

“In 2012 there was a lot of ups and downs but that’s football,’’ he said.

“We had good times at Hampden and won the Ramsdens Cup but we were indifferent at the start and got a good run towards the end of the year.

‘‘It was building up to a good start to the new year but the Dumbarton result was a sore one to take.

“Hopefully this year holds lots of wins. We’ve got a good team, even at 4-1 down, we showed good signs to almost nick a draw when we fought back at the end.”

He almost did that himself in the final throes of the game when he charged forward in search of an equaliser.

“I don’t know if I’ll nick a goal or not,” he laughed. “I tried at the end but it wasn’t to be.

“It was a strange game, I’ve hardly ever conceded four goals in a match and they scored with every attempt they had.

“It is a sore one after such a good run.

“I think if it had stayed 11 versus 11 we would have won the game. The penalty was the turning point and they tired late on. With a full team we could have taken advantage of that.”

McGovern is out of contract at the end of the season and fans fear losing him before then with Steven Pressley’s assertions there will be no players coming in this month.

But the Northern Ireland capped keeper added: “I want to play at the highest level I can, hopefully that can be with Falkirk, but we’ll just wait and see.”