Defeat not a disaster ahead of Dumbarton clash

Phil Roberts went close at Palmerston. Picture Michael Gillen.
Phil Roberts went close at Palmerston. Picture Michael Gillen.

Falkirk’s 2-0 loss to Queen of the South last week was not a disaster, insists Gary Holt.

The manager was understandably disappointed not to take anything from the game which he felt was “a 0-0 type of game”.

Date: 16/07/13, FORFAR. Station park. Pre season friendly, Forfar Athletic v Falkirk FC. Gary Holt.

Date: 16/07/13, FORFAR. Station park. Pre season friendly, Forfar Athletic v Falkirk FC. Gary Holt.

But the Doonhamers snatched two late goals through substitute Gavin Reilly and took the full quota of points - and inflicted the first league defeat on the Bairns since October.

That run has seen them go unbeaten in 11 games, but Holt says they’re still on a good run.

“Yes it’s a defeat and it’s the first one in so many games, but that doesn’t mean the good run has stopped,” he told The Falkirk Herald.

“One defeat in 12 still sounds good to me, if we don’t lose on Saturday one defeat in 13 is still a great run, then after that who knows? We don’t want to lose any match - but we will inevitably do so at some point.

“Saturday (at Dumfries) was a relatively even game, we had chances and so did they. Michael McGovern had to pull off some great saves, but Phil Roberts went close and Blair Alston could have scored too.

“But we had a defensive lapse which you can’t legislate for and Queens got their goal. That happens with young players and something we’ll work on.

“The second goal was a good goal from them and we were chasing the game at that point.

“The unbeaten run is over and the boys are hurting after a defeat but they’re hurting in the right way. The mood is good and we’re keen to make amends.”

They may do so with David McCracken who was a substitute at Dumfries but though the Bairns manager was reluctant to reveal much on his plans, McCracken is believed to be close to a first team return. Luke Leahy is back in the frame too and Holt praised the Englishman’s attitude.

After facing the Championship’s in-form team last weekend, the Bairns now head to the team with the second best record in the league over the past six weeks - Dumbarton. However Holt’s side has an identical recent result record to Ian Murray’s team over the same period, but have scored ten less goals.

It’s a return to The Rock where the league campaign started but Holt won’t be making any comparisons between the team that started the campaign with a 1-1 draw there back in August.

“It’s too early for that,” he said. “What we have is 13 cup finals from now until May. Win all our games between now and then and we’ll win the league - and that’s what we’ll strive to do.”

Referee for tomorrow’s game is Greg Aitken.