2 - 1
2 - 1
League (Premier Division)
Victor Ferreyra (44)
Brian Whittaker (o.g.) (55)
|Kevin McAllister (78)|
Guido van de Kamp
Freddy van der Hoorn
Alex Cleland for Billy McKinlay (64)
Andy McLaren for Victor Ferreyra (67)
Scott Sloan for Brian Whittaker (60)
Paul Smith for Sam McGivern (88)
Victor Ferreyra (50)
John Hughes (30)
Neil Duffy (43)
Crawford Baptie (63)
|None.||John Hughes (63)|
Les Mottram (Forth) (Referee)
Manager Jim McLean was forced into making his first change in five matches with Dave Narey ruled out after an injection for his back complaint the previous day. Victor Ferreyra returned to the starting line-up for the first time in over a month and Darren Jackson moved into midfield to accommodate the Argentinian international. Freddy Van Der Hoorn moved to central defence with Jim Mclnally going into the back four. Falkirk came to Tannadice with the confidence which a five match unbeaten run had given them and it showed as they opened in aggressive fashion with former Dundee midfielder Gary Lennox, forcing Guido Van De Kamp to dive full length to touch his 25-yarder round the post. It took us a while to settle against the confident side from Brockville and our first scoring opportunity came from an up-and-under from Billy McKinlay which Darren Jackson controlled beautifully before cutting inside to send in a shot from the edge of the box which Westwater parried past the post. This was to be the first of several fine saves by the former Hearts and Dunfermline goalkeeper as we turned the screws on the newly promoted visitors. Westwater then kept out a rocket shot from Victor Ferreyra; fisted away a snap-shot from Duncan Ferguson and then tipped a 25-yarder from Billy McKinlay round the post as we maintained the momentum. However, the interval was rapidly approaching and Falkirk looked as though they had survived the onslaught until Victor Ferreyra struck. Maurice Malpas hoisted a free-kick into the heart of the box, Duncan Ferguson headed it down and Victor Ferreyra whipped the ball past Westwater.
Ten minutes into the second half we looked to have removed any doubts as to the destination of the points. Dave Bowman slung over a cross from the right. Brian Whittaker, standing on the side of the six yard box got a head to it and the ball looped over Westwater and dropped in to the net just inside the far post. When Falkirk were reduced to ten men after Hughes was dismissed for a second bookable offence as Billy McKinlay was bundled off the ball as he was going clean through, a Falkirk revival looked unlikely. But the Brockville men rolled up their sleeves and as we have found in the past playing against ten men is far from easy. Guido Van De Kamp made a great block from a McAllister shot eleven minutes from the end, but was to be beaten a minute later when Kevin McAllister ran on to Oliver's through ball and beat Guido Van De Kamp. Falkirk's fighting finish might have earned them a point, but for a timely tackle by John Clark as substitute Sloan bore in on goal, but despite that narrow squeak, we fully deserved to extend our unbeaten sequence to six matches.
|Guido van de Kamp (GK)||27||14||-||14||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||28||19||1||106||5|
|Alex Cleland (sub)||20||10||-||68||4|
|Andy McLaren (sub)||18||10||-||10||-|
No league table has been added for this season.
With having taken nine points from a possible ten in our last five outings, the players have rightly gained in confidence.
However, I had a wee blether with them on Monday to stress that we must still show further improvement to ensure that we are there or thereabouts to have a chance of winning something.
I appreciate that this is easier said than done because players concentrate on their own performances, but all I am asking, is for them to give just that little bit extra which we are still short of.
In an earlier programme I said that we were having to look outside of these islands to try and find the elusive creative player we require. It isn't common knowledge, but we have had many trialists here from many countries over the past few months, but Victor Ferreyra is the only one so far that has been able to make a contribution in the first team.
We are meeting Falkirk for the third time this season and although we recorded a comfortable win at Brockville, they gave us a very difficult match when we met them in the Skol Cup at Tannadice earlier in the season.
Indeed our task is likely to be even more difficult today because since our win at Falkirk, they had lost only once in seven outings before meeting Hibs in midweek and deserve a lot of credit for the way they have played in the Premier Division.
Consequently, we must be at our best against the Premier Division newcomers if we are to maintain our own unbeaten run.