FOOTBALL is all about fine lines and thin margins, as Falkirk proved yesterday as they took all three points against Morton, from an encounter neither team deserved to lose with a stoppage-time winner. That Falkirk manager Peter Houston admitted his team were “very fortunate” and Morton manager declared “the gods are against us” tells the tale as Morton were more than good value for a draw.
Starting the game in fourth spot the home team came out of the blocks flying and could have opened the scoring with any of the decent chances they created in the very early changes. Best chance of the lot was a free header Will Vaulks pushed wide when he really ought to have found the net.
Since returning to the Championship, Morton have quickly re-established themselves, and having survived a few hairy moments started to not only compete, but look a genuine threat. Ross Forbes sent a curling effort inches wide before minutes later seeing a near carbon copy attempt batter the underside of the crossbar and Denny Johnstone, who was an impressive physically aggressive handful, should have done better than side-foot into the arms of Bairns keeper Danny Rogers.
If there is a criticism of Falkirk it is their tendency to over-egg the pudding with needless sideways and backwards passing to little or no purpose. Despite their control of possession, such a laboured approach made it easy for the visitors to sit-in and keep them at arms length, with only a John Baird strike at the end of a slide-rule Craig Sibbald pass causing them any consternation.
In a bid to spark some life back into the performance Lee Miller, pictured above, was introduced off the bench in the hope of playing more in the final attacking third and giving Baird something to feed off.
Morton also rolled the dice by pairing Alex Samuel with Johnstone, yet despite the attacking intents on show the game continued to fizzle out.
With a stalemate looking on the cards there was to be a winner, and it was Miller who proved to be the trump card. Morton failed to reset following the concession of a free kick, Sibbald had space to lift his head and pick out the darting run of the former Scotland striker, who with his second touch, slammed home.