Paul Watson calls for unity

Paul Watson wants Falkirk to work as a unit when they defend, saying that is the only way they will improve at the back.

Paul Watson made his second debut for the Bairns at Links Park on Saturday in the 2-1 defeat (Picture by Alan Murray)
Paul Watson made his second debut for the Bairns at Links Park on Saturday in the 2-1 defeat (Picture by Alan Murray)

The centre-back returned to the Bairns last week, making his second debut for the club in their 2-1 defeat against Montrose in League 1.

Despite taking the lead and having most of the early chances, Falkirk went in at the break losing due to a five-minute horror spell.

Both goals, by Blair Lyons and Craig Johnson, were avoidable, and the defender said that was unacceptable.

He said: “We were in complete control in the first half and then five minutes of switching-off has cost us.

“If we got to the break a goal ahead, you can manage the game from there onwards into the second half.

“It was really sloppy on our part and it is what we need to brush up on fast.

“When we conceded one, we lost another straight away, which can’t happen.”

Speaking about his return to the club after joining despite attracting offers from teams in the two divisions above, the 31-year-old praised head coach Martin Rennie for his management style and coaching methods.

“It was my first game back and I am delighted to be in there helping the guys, and good things will come, I am sure of that,” he said.

“The players that have come in will really bring this team up a level.

“Last time I was here, it was brilliant, and when I spoke with the manager, I understood straight away his ambitions and expertise.

“We shouldn’t have to go away to places like this and need to score three goals just to take something from it, and the manager has every right to be angry.”

A new-look back-line saw Watson play in the middle of a back three with Jevon Mills and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair either side of him.

However, Taylor-Sinclair went off injured, forcing a rethink, but the ex-Livingston man said that was irrelevant.

“It's not just the back three or the back five – it’s the whole team that defends your box and tries to keep the ball out of the net,” he explained.

“I think as an 11, that is where we need to get better.

“When we work as a proper unit, that is when you will see improvement.

“The manager has been relentless on the training pitch telling people what their roles are, so there are no excuses.”