Far from pitch perfect

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Steven Pressley admits that expecting his side to stick to a slick passing game is difficult when they are playing on a pitch that resembles a “cowfield”.

That was the description the Bairns boss gave to the Westfield pitch following the 4-1 cup win against Forfar Athletic.

Falkirk return to league business on Saturday with a trip across the Forth to Cowdenbeath, and Elvis knows that the Central Park pitch is unlikely to be much of an improvement.

But regardless, he maintains there are benefits to his brand of possession football.

“We won’t compromise our system,” he told Heraldsport.

“Passing the ball wears teams down and allows us to then create opportunities - we saw that against Forfar, and I expect the same against Cowdenbeath.”

Johnny Flynn has not trained at all this week and Craig Sibbald also misses out.

Meanwhile, the club announced this week plans to improve the drainage of the Westfield pitch.

General manager David White said: ““The playing surface has deteriorated over the winter and the ground staff have worked miracles to ensure our recent matches have gone ahead.

“However, we now need to carry out a planned programme of work on the pitch and hopefully fans will see a considerable improvement in our playing surface at the next home match against Dunfermline.”