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First Division: Weatherston back in frame for Falkirk start

Falkirk will look to build on David Weatherston’s late winner over Dunfermline on Saturday by beating visitors Livingston for the first time this season and moving closer to the Lions in the top half of the table.

Weatherston and fellow substitute Sean Higgins could be rewarded for their role in grabbing the three points at the weekend with starting roles tonight with Bairns boss Steven Pressley saying: “Sean was really disappointed to be on the bench but his performance when he came on was terrific, as was David’s. The two of them have worked hard recently to get back to fitness and they have given me plenty to think about.”

After losing 4-1 to Cowdenbeath in their previous outing Pressley said: “We bounced back from a heavy defeat with a resolute performance and we want to build on that. We created a lot of opportunities against Dunfermline and that was the most pleasing aspect.”

Pressley has no injury worries to contend with and adds a fit again Craig Sibbald to his squad.

Livingston will look to complete a hat-trick of wins over Falkirk and pull level on points with third placed Dunfermline as a result.

Gareth Evans’ side saw off the challenge of Cowdenbeath 3-0 at the weekend, but he said: “Falkirk will take a huge boost at grabbing such a late win in their derby game against Dunfermline so we need to be on our guard from the first whistle.”

Livingston again miss Keaghan Jacobs and Jason Talbot through knee injuries with Ross Docherty out with a groin problem and Marc McNulty requiring to pass a fitness test as he still has hamstring trouble.

Partick Thistle’s interim manager Alan Archibald is keeping thing simple in the race for the title ahead of tonight’s match with Hamilton Accies.

Archibald said: “A lot has been said and written since we lost a two-goal lead to draw with Morton at the weekend. However, one thing remains the same and that is if we win our games in hand that we go to the top.”

Thistle will miss Hugh Murray tonight after his dismissal against Morton with Steven Craig a doubt after he picked up a leg knock that saw him substituted at Cappielow.

Hamilton boss Billy Reid is looking for his men to show the same fighting spirit that got the New Douglas Park men a point in injury time on Saturday against Aidrie United.

Reid said: “We can go there with confidence.

“We have good strikers that can nick us goals so we will be looking to take something from the game.”

Full-back Stephen Hendrie has been added to the squad after overcoming an injury he picked up at a Scotland under-19 get-together with striker Andy Ryan a slight doubt with a knee knock.

 
 
 

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