Super-sub role suits Shepherd

03-05-2014. Picture Michael Gillen.  FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Alloa. Scott Shepherd and fans.
03-05-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Alloa. Scott Shepherd and fans.
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Scott Shepherd has come off the bench three times at The Falkirk Stadium in the past three weeks, and three times he’s jump-started Falkirk.

The spritrely winger entered the fray against Alloa and helped set-up Mark Beck, then last Saturday he laid on Blair Alston’s crucial late goal.

Although he didn’t provide a killer pass for a goal against Hamilton his entrance and most notably, his pace, made a telling difference to a Falkirk side that was flagging.

His impact as a sub appears key for the 17-year-old front man who replaced Rory Loy at Palmerston but struggled to fill his boots from the kick-off.

“I’ve become used to coming on for these short bursts now and the gaffer just tells me to get on and run down the wing whenever I can when I get the ball.

“When I get the ball my aim is to run at the full-backs and centre-halves - I don’t know if I am affecting the game, I’m just doing my thing. What matters is what the gaffer thinks

Both Holt, and the fans seem to appreciate the youngsters’ efforts. A roar met his every touch on Tuesday whenever he took the ball and raced into the right wing attacking corner in front of the south stand ‘choir’ section.

The anticipation comes from Shepherd’s last three interventions where he’s threatened with cut-backs from the by-line and set up two of the Bairns vital strikes.

“The fans have been helping a lot, they seemed to get right behind me on Tuesday night and they’ve been backing the boys well the past few weeks. It’s been noisy and it’s been great.

“I hear a roar from that South Stand corner every now and again and it’s a great feeling but now it’s a case of resting up and preparing for Sunday.

“I’ve laid on a few - unfortunately I’m not scoring them but laying them on is good enough for me, so long as I’m helping the team, that’s the main thing.

“I’m just glad to get on the pitch again and the boys all battled really hard to get back in the game - we knew it was going to be hard but it was a battling game.

“We’re exhausted but happy. We might not have played the best of football at times but we got the goal and back in the game, that’s the main thing. It’s all set up for Sunday now and in a sense, it’s back down to a normal game now isn’t it? A win is a win, a draw will be extra-time and we know what we get with a defeat so it’s all there for us - we just need to do what we do and score goals.

“We’re back in for light wor tomorrow in the lead up to it - we know what we have to do.

“It’s all been recovery work really at this stage, and it has been relaxing to make sure the boys can rest their legs. We know there’s a few games in a short period of time so it’s all very careful stuff. There’s been a bit of ball work and some ladder work, but the mood has been great - playing games is what we want to do.”

And his manager has praised his input too.Gary Holt said: “In Scott we have a player who’s capable of catching pigeons. That’s something that can really help in the second half.

“When he comes on with his pace, he shows what he can do but then you look at guys like Blair who have played the game, and they’re getting into position to support him - the energy levels have been excellent.

“I’m really pleased with them.”