Falkirk maintained their unbeaten run but that is one of very few positives to take from Friday night football at The Falkirk Stadium.
A clean-sheet is another but aside from the stats, it was a poor game between two evenly matched teams who neutralised eachother.It was tedious, uninspiring stuff from both sides, but a big improvement from Falkirk’s last match.
Houston had run the changes from the 7-0 defeat in Dingwall bringing captain David McCracken back to the line-up at the expense of Paul Watson, while Ryan Blair, Mark Kerr and Blair Alston also dropped to the bench.
The Bairns attacked early and made good ground down the right wing and twice Robbie Thomson had to gather close at his near-post. It was threatening but as interesting as it got in the first half.
Danny Rogers was untested in Falkirk’s goal before the interval but in the second half he was sharp to tip an overhit cross from Lewis Kidd over the crossbar.
It was going in and so was the next effort from Falkirk. After some lovely work from Aaron Muirhead manufactured a workable cross for Falkirk, John Baird nodded the bball to Bob McHugh. One on one with Robbie Thomson, six yards out he side-footed it straight into the goalkeeper’s arms.
It was the chance of the game, though Falkirk had the ball in the net via Peter Grant’s head, but it was ruled out for a foul in the lead-up.
The sides will settle to each take something from the match, but their satisfaction will be tempered by the fans’ lack of action.
The scoreless game means the Bairns ‘No Nil-Nils’ scheme kicks into action and free tickets will be available for season ticket holders for the meeting with Morton on October 17.
Attendance: 3757 (182 away)