Falkirk must win remaining three games to be crowned champions says Holt
Falkirk FC interim manager Gary Holt says they need to win all three of their remaining games if they are going to be crowned League 1 champions.
Following a 2-2 draw at home to Cove Rangers last Saturday, the Bairns now have three games remaining which come in quick succession – Partick Thistle away on Thursday, Montrose at home on Saurday and Airdrie away next Tuesday.
Tonight, Tuesday April 26, league leaders Partick Thistle host Cove Rangers and a win for the Jags would move them seven points clear of Falkirk at the top of the table meaning the Bairns could only lift the title by winning all three games or winning two and drawing one but with a big goal difference swing.
Either way, in the scenario of a Partick win, they would also need to beat the Jags on Thursday and also hope they slip up at Montrose next Tuesday.
A Cove Rangers win would mean the Bairns dropping to third but would leave them in a much better position as it would mean they no longer require a Thistle slip up to clinch the title, but would have to make sure they had a better goal difference than Rangers, who they are currently level on points on, come the end of the season should Paul Hartley’s side also win their other remaining games.
There are sure to be plenty of twists and turns over the next seven days but for Holt and Falkirk the message is clear – win every game.
"I think we have to win all three games," said Holt.
"We tried to win the game on Saturday because we knew winning all four would give us the best opportunity (to win the title).
"We'll approach the game on Thursday the way we did against Cove last Saturday, we will have a plan and the players will know their roles and responsibilities.
"I don't care what happens elsewhere, we have a big enough job here and have to go and win games so will just focus on what we can do."
Meanwhile, the Bairns injury crisis looks unlikely to have alleviated any in time for Thursday’s match.
Mo Gomis will return from suspension but the other injured players, including Paul Dixon and Charlie Telfer, remain out.
Against Cove, Falkirk could only name a five man bench which consisted of Jay Cantley (18), Aidan Keena (21), Akeel francis (22), Aidan Laverty (21) and Blair Sneddon (18).
Holt says the younger members of the squad will be given chances over the next three games due to the hectic nature of the fixture schedule.
"We will focus on what we have available and give them opportunity and attention and solely focus on who we can put out there on the pitch.
"The younger guys will be involved and will get an opportunity to play.
"We are where we are, let's embrace it and not see it as a negative because if I would pull the jersey on if I got the opportunity to play and that's what you want, people who are hungry to play and that's what we have at the moment including the younger guys who are hoping they will get an opportunity."