Houston: We got the job done

Peter Houston admitted three games in a week took a lot out of his players, but he’s delighted with a maximum return.

The Bairns rounded off the Christmas period’s league fixtures with a 1-0 win over Alloa thanks to John Baird’s goal, adding to victories over Livingston and Dumbarton at The Falkirk Stadium.

It ensures Falkirk have the upper hand – marginally – over Hibs who visit Westfield a week on Sunday. The Bairns are second in the SPFL Championship on goal difference over the Edinburgh side.

Getting the job done in Calckmannanshire was all that mattered on a pitch that has posed problems for Falkirk in the past, and did so again.

“I thought in the first half we managed the game well, and Lee Miller was outstanding and wee Bairdy was great and got a goal.

“The keeper made a great save from us and in the second half we got physicaly and mentally tired, amkiing the wrong decision at times,and our touch was poor.

“I could name five players in our team who are nowhere near the standards they set, but it was job done and I don’t think Alloa troubled us or Danny Roegrs at all. I think that’s an 11th clean sheet. Thats says we’re doing something right and our strikers are scoring goals at the other end.”

Houston made the trip to Dundee to watch the Tayside derby ahead of Saturday’s trip to Dens Park in the Scottish Cup before heading back to Alloa for the late kick-off. Dundee won the derby over neighbours United 2-1.