Illness could derail Bairns

Image: by Gary Hutchison. FALKIRK, Westfield Stadium, Falkirk FC v Livingston FC.
Image: by Gary Hutchison. FALKIRK, Westfield Stadium, Falkirk FC v Livingston FC.

Falkirk manager Gary Holt has told some of his Falkirk players to stay away from training.

A virus swept through the Bairns dressing room over ther weekend and early this week affecting, among others, Will Vaulks.

The defender, who scored his first goal in last week’s 4-1 win over Livingston missed two days of training as Gary Holt attempted to stop the spread.

“In terms of fitness we are okay,” he told The Falkirk Herald. “Aside from the usual knocks and bumps you pick up from a game on a Saturday there’s nothing major and I would expect everyone to be able to play - but we do have this bug going round.

“I’ve had to keep a few of the boys away to make sure it didn’t go right around the changing room and spread to more of the boys because that can so easily happen at this time of year.”

That indicates the rehab work of Jonny Flynn and Ollie Durojaiye has placed the pair into contention for a place at Dens Park to play Dundee on Saturday.

“It’s a headache but it’s the type you want to have. The boys all played well on Saturday against Livingston - I know they are good players and more of ten than not, if they put the work in and work hard they’ll get the rewards. We won’t win every game and these things happen but it’s all about hard work and the rewards will come.

“We have had Dundee watched and hope we have found areas where we can get at them, but we have areas to work on too, and I’m just as interested in improving these areas.”

Holt urged caution in the aftermath of the Livingston win, and re-iterated his point at the club AGM on Monday evening.

“Think of youselves as managers - we are all managers at this club,” he told shareholders and fans.

“I’m a manager on the touchline, but there are managers right the way through the stand and they can affect the players more than I can. I’d ask people think more like managers with the young players and encourage them and help the team win games.”

Holt added he was pleased with the under-20s performance on Tuesday. The Bairns youngsters, under guidance from Stevie Crawford and Dale Brooks drew 2-2 with Hearts with Luke Leahy and Rakish Bingham on the scoresheet.