Craig Sibbald knows to his cost the agony of two-legged play-off ties.
Falkirk headed to Kilmarnock last season with their tails up after the young midfielder slipped a pass to Will Vaulks to lash in the winner in last year’s final first leg.
But it all came crashing down at Rugby Park – scene of further heartache for Sibbald who was in the Ayrshire stands seven years ago when the Bairns were relegated.
Another two-legged tie begins tomorrow night for Falkirk and no matter what the score at Tannadice, experience tells the Bairns, the round is far from over.
Sibbald said: “We went to Kilmarnock quite confident but it was roasting that day and the legs just gave way. We didn’t give them much of a game but this time we hope to go one better.”
The Bairns have had a rest ahead of the game, while Dundee United have played twice in the past week against a stuffy Morton side who seemed to fall to the same fatigued fate as the Bairns in the post-season last term.
“Last year the semi-final took a lot out of us,” added Sibbald. “There were last minute winners, and tough opponents. It took it out of us.
“Hopefully we can find a way of cruising through – but I can’t imagine that happening!
“It would give us a bit extra in the tank for the final if we could make it and we have had a good rest.
“Hopefully that helps us in the long run.”
Falkirk is in a play-off frenzy and the man who sent them to Kilmarnock in such high spirits has tweeted his support to the Bairns, but hasn’t been in touch with his former team-mate and good friend for tickets – yet.
“Will hasn’t been in touch for tickets – but maybe that’s still to come.
“Loads of people have been though. Everyone is really up for it.”