Peter Houston hopes that star striker Rory Loy will be fit to play in next month’s Scottish Cup final after missing yesterday’s 1-0 win over Hibs.
The Bairns booked their place in the showpiece game of the season courtesy of Craig Sibbald’s second half header, but they had to do it without John Baird, who is cup-tied, and Loy, who picked up an injury against Queen of the South in the closing stages of the quarter final.
“Loy gives us quality up front, even though the boys that came in today did well,” said Houston. “I think Rory will be back for the final, which is a huge boost for us. Take nothing away from Taylor Morgan, who tried very hard in the first half. I changed it at half-time to bring on a second striker, because I felt we were under pressure first half and we had to make a move to shore things up.
“This season, we’ve scored six goals against Hibernian and each goal has come from a cross into the box. We look at these kind of things, and we asked our guys to get crosses into the box, and Sibbald - one of the wee-est guys on the pitch - has got in between their defenders. It was a fantastic header and delivery, fit to win any semi-final.”
Houston brushed aside comments from Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs that his side had deserved to win the game, having hit the woodwork twice and having a shot cleared from the line.
“Alan has claimed his team has deserved to win every time we have played Hibs this season,” he said. “Alan should maybe think about where Falkirk are getting their goals from - crosses into the box.
“I would say Hibs are unfortunate to lose the match, if I’m being honest. They put a lot into the game.
“Hibs put us under a lot of pressure, but I thought defensively we handled everything they through at us. Hibs are a decent side, they pass the ball well, and in Scott Allan and Fraser Fyvie they have good quality.
“Chances-wise, Hibs were well in front of us, but the most important stat is that Falkirk won 1-0.”