Falkirk technical director Alex Smith is doing all he can to help his protégé Steven Pressley guide the Bairns to their first Challenge Cup final since 2004 and he reckons that a couple of members of Craig Levein’s Scotland squad will be taking more than a passing notice in how their Ramsdens Cup semi-final tie goes tomorrow at Annan.
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Falkirk manager Steven Pressley will launch an appeal against a five-match touchline ban handed out by the Scottish Football Association yesterday.
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Steven Pressley recently urged the fans at Falkirk to give him some respect as he sought to get his side's promotion bid back on the tracks and so is sensitive to the issue of anti-social behaviour in Scottish football.
Stirling Albion 1 Smith 53 Falkirk 2 Millar 37 pen; McManus 41
Steven Pressley has admitted no coaching manual could ready him for the harsh realities of management - but he remains determined to deal with the "bumps and bruises" he has received from his own fans and hang on to his job.
Falkirk 2 McManus (45), Stewart (90) Partick Thistle 0
This victory kept the dying embers of Falkirk's promotion hopes alive and should also have had the same effect on Steven Pressley's seemingly-tenuous tenure as manager.
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Partick Thistle 1 Kinniburgh (90) Falkirk 2 Alston (65), Finnigan (68)
Falkirk managing director George Craig last night insisted administration can be avoided at the cash-strapped club - as long as fans snap up season tickets for next season.
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Manager Steven Pressley says his future at Falkirk is of secondary importance at a time when the club is wrestling with severe financial problems.
Cash-strapped Falkirk need a financial injection to reach the end of the season, it emerged last night.
There may have only been two games in the First Division on Saturday, but there were plenty of talking points.
Falkirk 2 McManus 66; Finnigan 84 Partick Thistle 3 Erskine 8, 24, Doolan 62