The next 16 days will have a huge bearing on whether Falkirk’s 2014/15 season is a success or failure.
Matches with the rivals for the fourth play-off spot – Queen of the South and Raith Rovers sandwich a midweek trip to Livingston before the Scottish Cup semi-final with Hibs .
But Peter Houston is determined not to get sidetracked by what is to come, and focused on improving his side’s performances despite taking six points from the last three games.
“We have big games coming up and when you look too far ahead you get sidetracked,” he told The Falkirk Herald. “We focussed on Cowdenbeath this week. Now it’s Raith, then it’ll be Livingston but forget what’s beyond that.
“Queens will play Hibs and Rangers in their next games. I know what results I’d like but we just need to improve ourselves and we’ll try our best.”
David McCracken admitted one of the first things the Bairns players do after games is check how their play-off rivals have fared and he helped Falkirk overtake the Doonhamers with a looping header to defeat Cowdenbeath.
But Peter Houston admitted it wasn’t pretty and he’ll be trying to improve his side before Saturday’s big game with resurgent Raith.
“I want to play well and entertain, but I want us to win, and at this stage of the season, three points are important
“We are missing Rory Loy which is obvious to see, and had to put Will Vaulks to right back with Kieran Duffie out - injuries are hampering us.”