Coach tells Bairns to bring the noise

Billy King and Alex Cooper tangle at a packed Tynecastle
Billy King and Alex Cooper tangle at a packed Tynecastle

Adjusting to the different atmosphere between Stair Park, Stranraer and a packed Falkirk Stadium and Tynecastle will be key for Falkirk on Saturday.

That’s the opinion of first team coach James McDonaugh ahead of Saturday’s Petrofac Training Cup quarter final.

The Bairns are once again on the road – the seventh away trip of nine competitive games this term so far - and it is a big change from last week.

The Bairns management team are also looking for a change in fortunes after the 4-1 defeat to Hearts at a packed Tynecastle when they head for the more rural and tranquil Stair Park in the southern port town.

“It is a big change and sometimes you dont realise moving from a packed 16,000 Tynecastle to a Straraer pitch where there’s no noise how big a change it can be,” McDonaugh told The Falkirk Herald.

“But regardless where you are or where we play, when you pull on a Falkirk shirt you have to perform, and you’re expected to play to our standards that we’ve set.

“We might not get there all the time but I’ve been delighted by the response in training – we have players here who want to improve.”

Falkirk added to the squad this week with Joe Shaughnessy, David Smith and Owain Tudur-Jones signing on and although only one of the three new signings can play this weekend, the extra bodies will help the Bairns compete for first team places – and take the heat off the current squad who have had several high-profile and high-intensity games in a short peiod of time

“We’ve had a lot in a short period of time,” McDonaugh added. “As well as Rangers here and visits to Hibs and Hearts we have had a derby match in Dunfermline where we played almost half an hour with ten men and played two hours against Cowdenbeath midweek too.

“When you have a run like that something has to give and unfortunately it was at Tynecastle.

“The boys have come back and the training has been good.

“This is a chance to get into a semi-final here. That’s something to look forward to playing at that stage regardless of the competition.

“The league is the priority but a cup run is important - every game is.

“After this one we have four out of five games at home so a win on Saturday could set us up nicely for returning to league duty.”