Mixed emotions for McCracken as Falkirk leave Partick with a point

Falkirk co-manager David McCracken said he had mixed emotions after the Bairns drew 2-2 at Partick Thistle.

Saturday, 7th November 2020, 8:10 pm
Charlie Telfer came of the bench to score an 88th minute equaliser for Falkirk
Charlie Telfer came of the bench to score an 88th minute equaliser for Falkirk

The visitors took an early lead at Firhill through Callumn Morrison’s deflected effort before PJ Morrison saved a Brian Graham penalty.

However, they tailed off in the second half and Partick netted a quickfire double through Joe Cardle and Graham to go 2-1 up.

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Match report: Partick Thistle 2-2 Falkirk

McCracken went to his bench and found a late hero in the form of the returning Charlie Telfer who scored on 88 minutes to rescue a point for Falkirk.

Speaking after the match the Falkirk co-manager said: "We did well in the first half but never really started in the second half and Partick had a good bit of play.

"The way the game spun on its head and you're thinking to yourself how has that happened.

"Poor decisions defensively and then Anton going off didn't give us as much of a chance upfront to get a hold of the ball.

"Then we made the subs and they had that impact and their reaction was really good, they made the difference."

McCracken also praised the recent performances and training levels of keeper Morrison and super sub Telfer after both played a crucial part in earning the draw.

"PJ has come in under the circumstances of Robbie being suspended - he made a really good save from the penalty to keep us ahead.

"We tried to find somebody for a long time to come in and challenge Robbie and because of what's happened PJ has found himself in the team and we will see how that goes, he's done great since he came in and we've got a decision to make now.

"I said to Charlie, Sean and Sammo when they came on that we needed a spark, we needed the change because we were fizzling out a bit.

"Partick were trying to control the game and see it out and we needed something to change that.

"Charlie has been out after his operation, he had a really good week last week in training and was disappointed not to get on last weekend but today he took his chance and fair play to him.

"We wanted to have the problem of having too many players and that hard option of who to pick, we know if we do end up with one up front like we did today we need to have midfield players who get close and have an attacking threat and that's exactly what Charlie showed."