The man whose goal kept Falkirk above Hibernian in the battle for the best play-off berth could have been an Easter Road player. Now Paul Watson is glad the Bairns came out on top as he wouldn’t want to play the extra games against in-form Raith Rovers.
“It’s funny how football works out sometimes,” said the defender after scoring the winner against Morton which preserved Falkirk’s runners-up spot in the Championship.
“I came close to signing for Hibs last summer but for whatever reason it didn’t happen.
“I think there was a breakdown in communication but I don’t have a bad word to say about Hibs who were just good to me at the time. I’m just happy to be a Falkirk player now.
“By finishing second we get a wee break which will hopefully help us get over any knocks and we avoid two very hard games.
“ I wouldn’t want to be playing Raith Rovers this week. They’re the form team in the league at the moment and are absolutely flying.”
These will be the first play-offs for the 25-year-old, who was at Raith Rovers previously. He added: “They’re going to be a different dynamic to league games but we’re looking forward to them.
Watson, claimed that, if Falkirk make the final, he would fancy their chances against second-bottom of the Premiership.
“You’ve got to. We’ll go into the semi-final full of confidence and, if we come through that, we’ll approach the final with confidence, too.
“It’s been done before, a Championship side going up through the play-offs. Hamilton Accies were thought to be dead and buried after the first leg against Hibs a couple of years ago and look what happened.”
Reflecting on his all-important goal, Watson thanked Lee Miller for delivering the cross for his low header.
“It was a terrific ball from Lee, with his left foot as well. I really don’t know what he was doing out on that wing.
“It was tense when we heard Hibs had gone two-nil up but we got there. Second place is a massive achievement for Falkirk. No-one gave us a chance of that at the start of the season.”