McGlynn on Stranraer victory - 'Pre-season matches shouldn't see fouls flying in like that'

John McGlynn was pleased to pick up his first win as Falkirk boss on Tuesday night even if the occasion was marred by ill-discipline.

The Bairns won 1-0 against Stranraer through an Aidan Nesbitt strike, and the visitors’ Craig Ross was sent off for a shocking tackle on Sean Mackie in the second half.

McGlynn said: “For the first 20 to 25 minutes of the match, I was really pleased.

“I thought that we had a great chance four minutes into the game that I don’t know how we didn’t score. The goalkeeper made a double save but we should score.

Falkirk manager John McGlynn on the touchline

“The passing and movement were excellent and the goal we scored was a showing of that.

“After that, we lost the way were playing a little bit and we stopped that great tempo we had going.

“We resorted to a little too many high balls for my liking. It didn’t flow as well as we wanted it to and that carried on into the second half.

“It was frustrating but I was happy to win the game.

“Mentally it will do a lot for the team and it was also good to take a clean sheet from the match.”

An irked McGlynn admitted that the game’s ill temper had left a sour taste in his mouth, though.

“Stranraer committed a few fouls that were totally blatant,” he said.

“I don’t they could have much to complain about and that always brings a reaction.

“They were basically just scything players down, and when you already have guys out injured, you don’t want to see that happen.

“For me, in a pre-season game, that shouldn’t be something you see, players flying in a million miles late.”