Playing rhythm leaves Elvis feeling blue

Pressley is looking forward to his team getting back into regular action
Pressley is looking forward to his team getting back into regular action

Falkirk’s free weekend has knocked the team off kilter.

That’s the summation of Bairns boss Steven Pressley who believes the regular rhythm of his team has been interrupted by the Scottish Cup call-off at Ayr.

The Bairns trained at Little Kerse instead of travelling to Somerset Park last weekend, but were back on the West Coast last night as The Falkirk Herald went to press.

And Pressley believes the free weekend was a contributing factor to a lacklustre draw with Morton at the weekend.

“Our two poorest performances have come off the back of dormant weekends for us.

“We were disappointing at Dens Park after a free weekend and here again we didn’t have the rhythm, maybe that affected us on both occasions.

“I don’t think we showed our usual rhythm, though we showed a great attitude to not losing the game.”

The call-off not only knocked the rhythm but also impacted the team’s fixtures with a ferocious four games in ten days.

But after the weekend off Stewart Murdoch can’t wait for the run of games.

“Maybe not having a game has knocked us off our stride a wee bit and just training, but we have a good run of games now with the Scottish Cup, Hamilton than another two games on Tuesday and Saturday.

“It’s the perfect opportunity where we can get back into the swing of things and put a run together and start winning again.”

Farid El Alagui will be available at New Douglas Park following his one-game suspension at the weekend.

The striker used his weekend off to attend Manchester United’s match with Liverpool on Saturday.