Home comforts for Falkirk against Dumbarton.

Happy to be home: Louis Longridge. Picture Michael Gillen.
Happy to be home: Louis Longridge. Picture Michael Gillen.

Falkirk will enjoy a return to the green green plastic of home tomorrow.

The Bairns have endured two terrible playing pitches over the past fortnight with trips to Inverurie and Brechin.

Falkirk got the job done in the William Hill Scottish Cup at Inverurie. Picture Michael Gillen.

Falkirk got the job done in the William Hill Scottish Cup at Inverurie. Picture Michael Gillen.

But both games ended in wins and the players will have a much more suitable surface to play on when Dumbarton come calling tomorrow.

It’s a vital relegation play-off match between the eighth and ninth placed teams in the SPFL Championship, but it’ll be played on a park much more conducive to the Bairns playing style.

Forward Louis Longridge told The Falkirk Herald: “At Brechin we put in a great effort and kept going in a scrappy game. We have to keerp believing and trying to create and managed that on a bumpy pitch.

The league is determined over the season and we will have to come to places and pitches like Glebe Park and pick up points. We’ll be glad to get back home to Falkirk Stadium though.

The sodden surface at Brechin's Glebe Park posed problems but the Bairns still won. Picture Michael Gillen.

The sodden surface at Brechin's Glebe Park posed problems but the Bairns still won. Picture Michael Gillen.

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“We know we have to still work hard and we know we have the quality to score goals in the team. Hopefully it’s another three points for us.”

The Bairns could take a real step to securing safety tomorrow in front of a packed crowd after more than 2,000 tickets were distributed to local youth organisations including the Boys’ Brigade and teams like Syngenta Juveniles.

Not only that the Bairns could close the gap on a place in the play-offs which shrunk to six points just a week ago before Morton’s midweek win over Dumbarton restored the nine-point margin.

Longridge added:”

We take each game as it comes and if results go our way above us great, but we can’t be complacent and forget about the team behind us. The main thing is three points each week and trying to get up the table as far as possible.

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“If that takes us to the play-offs, great and it’ll have been a helluva shift to get us there considering the position we would have come from a couple of months ago.”

It’s a view that mirrors that of Bairns boss Paul Hartley.

He said: “We’ve had a tough season so far and a difficult start to the job here but we’re turning it around and our results show that.

“We just have to keep going because we are still looking over our shoulders at the bottom end of the table but give the players credit for the last couple of months.

“The remit was to steady the ship and try to get as many points as we can – who knows where it can take us. We have 12 games left and we’ll have a real go and see how things go.”

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