Gary Holt: Play-off set-up is far from ideal but we’re still happy to be there

Gary Holt is relishing Sunday's return leg at Hamilton
Gary Holt is relishing Sunday's return leg at Hamilton
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Manager of the month Gary Holt was “buzzing” with his team’s play-off performance but admitted the set-up was “not ideal”.

The Bairns boss dodged the awards hoodoo to lead his weary side to a 1-1 draw with Hamilton and keep the promotion dream alive.

Often, after a manager receives the award his side slumps, but the Bairns battled fatigue to retain an interest in the tie.

“I’m absolutely buzzing,” he said. “After the occasion of Saturday’s game and the emotion and energy used in that, I’m absolutely buzzing to see them go again and manage to take something and set-up a shoot-out on Sunday it’s now a one-off tie.”

Falkirk played their 300th minute of play-off football in a week, and face a similar schedule over the next ten days if they are to make the SPFL at the expense of Hibs and Hamilton.

Holt echoed his captain Michael McGovern in questioning the play-off format.

“It’s probably not ideal, but we knew with second place you had a little bit of grace but we approached the Queen of the South matches knowing that these games could be coming too.

“I’m buzzing we’ve got the play-offs. As long as I can remember we haven’t had them but we’re just happy to be involved and have a chance.”

McGovern added: “Most neutrals would say it’s not the best format for play-offs, I think it should be more like the League One and Two play-offs but I was surprised it came in at all.”

Holt’s award comes after three wins and a draw for Falkirk as the SPFL Championship league season drew to a close.

The Bairns boss previously won the award for November.