Blair Alston says Falkirk will just have to learn to live without Lyle Taylor.
The midfielder told Heraldsport that the Bairns dressing room would be a different place without the Londoner around anymore, but that the team would quickly adapt without the striker who scored almost half of Falkirk’s league goals last season.
“It is kind of strange to hear that his move is official and that he’s leaving us,” he said. “But it’s all about us now stepping up and filling the void that he leaves.
“He was a good guy, but we’ll just have to move on without him.
“To an extent, I think we all expected it (his transfer) after how well he did last season.
“He was brilliant for us, and he fully deserves a move to play at the highest level he possibily can.”
Alston was speaking after the Bairns won 2-1 against Forfar, and was full of praise for the work and dedication of what was a relatively inexperienced Falkirk side.
”We had a really young team out tonight and it’s always hard when you come against a very experienced team in pre-season. I think the lads did well, it was a good run around.
“I think we deserved the victory, I think at times we could have passed the ball a bit better and looked a bit sharper, but we still pretty much controlled the game.”
Alston, echoing comments made by his manager Gary Holt after the match, says he could see the positives in playing against a strong team like Forfar, who are capable of making hard tackles - and did so on several occasions throughout the match.
“We had a struggle with the big boy (Chris Templeman), when they played long balls over the top, but we were the team playing the football.
“I think early doors there were a few challenges early doors, that we were not expecting in a friendly, but it’s a good workwout and we did well to stand up to it and not get involved in certain situations.