Falkirk’s Tom Taiwo: We can’t get ahead of ourselves

Tom Taiwo tangles with Kevin Nisbit. Picture Michael Gillen.
Tom Taiwo tangles with Kevin Nisbit. Picture Michael Gillen.

Tom Taiwo has warned Falkirk need to remember they are still in a relegation battle.

The Bairns drew with Dumbarton on Saturday and remain nine points ahead of the ninth placed Sons, though Stevie Aitken’s side have three games in hand to make up the difference.

Taiwo attempts to stop Danny handling's progress on Saturday. Picture Michael Gillen.

Taiwo attempts to stop Danny handling's progress on Saturday. Picture Michael Gillen.

And while the recent purple patch for Falkirk has closed the gap on the play-offs at the top end, Taiwo says the next game should be the club’s focus – every single week.

The Bairns head to Ibrox on Sunday to meet Rangers in the William Hill Scottish Cup quarter final.

Taiwo said: “People ask what we focus on in this situation, The league or the cup? We focus on the next game. It breeds confidence.

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Taiwo scored at Ibrox on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Picture Michael Gillen.

Taiwo scored at Ibrox on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Picture Michael Gillen.

“The next game, the next game, the next game. Last week we had confidence going into the game against Dumbarton after the boost from the last minute goal in Brechin.

“We always had it then and we had it on Saturday against Dumbarton – that feeling we could go ahead at any moment was still there, it just didn’t happen for us but we will keep going and be positive in every game.

“We have got a little carried away in the past by setting goals which are achievable, but we should’ve been taking things one game at a time. It’s a cliche but it’s right.

“At the moment we need to be looking at the next game and then the next one and carry on like that. It’s a disappointment not to win at home but it does maintain the gap over Dumbarton.

“If we keep playing in that vein we’ll be fine and pick up some more points.”

The next game, as Taiwo focusses on, is a tough test for the Bairns, but a return at Hampden is at stake.

The midfielder, who scored at Ibrox in 2015 when Falkirk drew 2-2 with their hosts, went on: “I have played there before, and the boys have turned up in the past at big occasions and big grounds.

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“The guys we’ve brought in since, like Tommy Robson, Andrew Nelson, Alex Jakubiak – they have shown no fear. They have all performed for us.

“This is a pressure situation for us all. We are still in a relegation fight. They’ve turned up and turned it on, they dont need to get up for this one, they’ll know.”

Tickets for the game are still on sale at The Falkirk Stadium shop. Check the club website for opening times.