CLYDE 2 FALKIRK 0 Substitutes: Samuel 2 (McPherson 30), Cringean (Henry 45), Craig (Rennie 61), Rodgers and Hill. Sent off: Miller. Booked: Rennie, Hughes. Att: 3415.
Falkirk dropped off top spot in the division for the first time in three months, and even while on top in the second half at Broadwood they couldn't recreate the dynamic play of the early season.
John Hughes, who received a stitch in an eye cut, said the players had been warned about a Clyde onslaught by manager Ian McCall before the match. "In the first half we never stood up to it. We never matched them. The gaffer warned us about it before the game and he was 100 per cent right. I don't think we've been the same team for the last month. Although we're still getting results our form's deserted us a little bit," he said.
While he doesn't claim to know the solution to Falkirk's drop in form, Yogi knows one thing they can improve on. He said: "I think it's working hard for each other to turn bad passes into good passes. It goes back to doing the hard work, doing all the dirty stuff. The gaffer says it week and out. Make sure you win your battles and get on the second balls and then the football will come through.
"Maybe it's the best thing that could happen to us getting beat 2-0. I know the boys are hurting and I just hope this is the kick we need."
Ian McCall has been nothing less than a messiah to the Falkirk faithful this season, guiding the Bairns to the top of the table and knocking back a lucrative move to Dundee United.
But straight after his side fell to their second defeat of the season he held his hands up to a tactical error which let Clyde finish this game in the first 30 minutes. "I take all the blame. I think I got the tactics totally wrong. We didn't play the right players. I thought about it on Friday night and I went with the team which has won games,'' he said.
''Clyde dominated the first half, albeit we dominated the second half until Lee got sent off. Hugh Dallas is a super referee but that was completely and utterly the wrong decision and if he watches it again he'll know that. It was a striker's challenge and it looked bad but it just wasn't bad at all.
"It's Clyde's day. We're hurting, there's no doubt about that because Falkirk aren't used to losing and it's not a feeling we want to get used to."
Barely 30 seconds of the match had passed before Allan Ferguson had to pull off a great save from Jack Ross' fierce strike after some defensive dithering. Owen Coyle forced Bryn Halliwell to save for a corner with a low 20 yard strike following good work from Steve Tosh but it was a brief respite as Clyde stormed all over the Bairns.
Double scorer Leigh Hinds fired a low ball across the six yard box, but Colin Nish could only make the barest of contacts and the ball trickled wide. The Cumbernauld men were finding space to charge at the Falkirk defence unhindered, and Keogh was next up, running 40 yards with the ball before Rennie eventually knocked the ball clear inside the box.
However, the opener was only delayed until the 21st minute when former Bairn David Hagen teed up Hinds to drive home from 20 yards, with the help of a slight deflection off Hughes.
Hagen then slipped Nish through and only a superb sliding tackle by Hughes denied the on-loan Dunfermline striker. But Falkirk hadn't learned their lesson and when Pat Keogh slid to knock a deep corner kick back to Hinds, the English winger was unmarked once again and gave Ferguson no chance with the low drive.
McCall replaced Craig McPherson with Collin Samuel on the half hour, with Coyle dropping into midfield. Lee Miller forced a great save from Halliwell with a good turn and shot and Coyle curled a free kick straight at the keeper as the pace of the game subsided before the break.
Stewart Cringean came on at right wing back with Tosh replacing Henry in midfield as McCall gave Falkirk more bite in the middle. It worked and Falkirk dominated the second period, though not in the same devastating fashion Clyde bossed the first.
Falkirk played in the Clyde half for the most part, without really stretching a backline well marshalled by player-boss Alan Kernaghan.
A goal would still have reopened the match and Collin Samuel had a glorious chance just on the hour. The ball fell kindly for him 12 yards out but his connection was weak and Halliwell saved the bobbling shot. Lee Miller then had a good penalty claim waved away when Mensing barged him over in the box, and shortly afterwards Halliwell made a mess of a McQuilken cross but Steven Craig's hooked effort cleared the bar.
On 66 minutes a typical Tosh run and shot was well saved by the keeper then Miller couldn't get a good header on a Tosh cross. Miller's frustrations soon got the better of him with a clumsy tackle on Steve Convery which earned a straight red card from referee Hugh Dallas.
In the last minute Collin Samuel had a goal chopped off after Steven Craig wandered offside but in truth Clyde deserved their two-goal margin, which left boss Alan Kernaghan pretty chuffed: "All the hard work was done in the first half. We came under a bit of pressure in the second half but we defended it okay. I'm happy as can be really."