Falkirk will have to score against Alloa for the first time this season if they have any hopes to win the Championship title on Helicopter Saturday.
Two scoreless draws and an infamous 3-0 reverse at Recreation Park have seen the Bairns draw a blank against the Wasps, but Gary Holt insists the local rivals won’t sting their slim title hopes.
“You never know what can happen in football,” he told The Falkirk herald. “throughout the season I have said the title will come down to the final day, and that is the case.
“It is out of our hands as it has been for a few weeks but we have, just like these last few weeks, been purely focussed on ourselves.”
The league is so tight it could come down to goals scored, and that doesn’t bode well for the Bairns against the one team they’ve struggled to find the net against. But Holt won’t deviate from the plan or go gung-ho in search of the win.
“We’ll stick to the game plan and entertain - that’s what we’ve done in recent weeks and the fans have been right behind us all the way.
“It’s been reciprocated. The players welcome the backing and give the fans something in return by playing the way they have been doing - it all works together.
“The support at Morton and Queen of the South has been great and if we can get that again on Saturday I’m sure the players will get a big lift.
“As I said at the AGM - we’re all managers at 3 p.m. on a Saturday and can all have an influence on the team.
“Last week against Morton we created a barrelload of chances that on another day would have taken a few. The goal we lost was soft but we don’t have time to dwell on it and have this weekend to look forward to and the boys are all relishing it.”
A win though, may still not be enough and already preparations are pencilled in for the play-offs, should the Bairns not make it.
Bookings at The Falkirk Stadium are being cancelled to allow the team to train on Sunday - if they need it. And though the manager says “let’s see what happens,” he also has his own opinion on what might transpire on saturday.
“Everyone has a big game and everyone is going for a win. Alloa have something to play for, Dundee, Hamilton and Dumbarton too. Morton won’t want to lose after their improved form so it promises to be a big day.”
When pressed on his view he added: “I don’t think both teams above us will neccessarily win, but even then, the way the league sits, that still might not be enough for us, even if we do.”
Falkirk are also encouraging fans to wear old strips to support the football memories project at the game on Saturday. The scheme runs Alzheimer’s reminiscence therapy support groups in the Falkirk and Alloa areas. The team will wear the new season kits.