Scottish Championship
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St Mirren 1-2 Falkirk

Falkirk striker John Baird celebrates
Baird has scored eight goals this season

John Baird's brace was enough to get Falkirk back to winning ways against bottom side St Mirren.

The stocky striker latched on to Miles Hippolyte's long throw to slot home the first into the far corner.

His second came after the break when he was on hand to drive in Lee Miller's low cross from the right.

Rory Loy's left-footed strike from just inside the box gave the Buddies hope of a point, but that was the most the Paisley side could muster.

There had been an air of expectancy around the home crowd before the game, as Saints fans anticipated a new dawn after an encouraging Scottish Cup win at Dundee and a raft of new signings.

One of them - on loan Aberdeen forward Cammy Smith - looked bright early on, but that early enthusiasm was punctured when Baird struck his first.

St Mirren were unhappy that Hippolyte took his throw-in about 10 yards further up the pitch from where the ball went out, yet the home defence was still guilty of not being on their toes.

Baird took the ball towards goal from the left-hand side of the box and stroked it low beyond Billy O'Brien from a fairly tight angle.

Fourth-top Falkirk watched Craig Sibbald's 20-yard effort cannon back off the crossbar before half-time but did get their second after 63 minutes.

Baird's predatory instincts paid off when Fraser Aird and Miller linked to provide the forward with a low centre that he despatched with ease.

Loy's first goal for St Mirren was out of nothing, receiving the ball with back to goal from Lewis Morgan's pass and skipping by a couple of challenges before sending it low into the far corner beyond Danny Rogers.

Post-match reaction

Falkirk manager Peter Houston: "It was a good win for us and I thought it should have been more comfortable than it was.

"John Baird's probably not scored enough league goals this season, but he works hard and we're delighted for him."

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "There was a decision made in the lead-up to the first goal that we concede that's wrong.

"However, we don't defend it properly after that, so I wouldn't use it as an excuse for conceding the goal or losing the match.

"But I would like sometimes for officials to take responsibility and say they made a mistake.

"Our players made a mistake and it led to the goal, but the assistant referee made a mistake."

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 21O'Brien
  • 23Fjelde
  • 6MackenzieSubstituted forWebsterat 22'minutesBooked at 54mins
  • 15Baird
  • 3Irvine
  • 10MallanSubstituted forMcGinnat 55'minutes
  • 20StorieSubstituted forToddat 82'minutes
  • 17Morgan
  • 16Loy
  • 11Smith
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4Webster
  • 7Clarkson
  • 22McGinn
  • 25Todd
  • 42Magennis

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 44Watson
  • 14Grant
  • 3Leahy
  • 33AirdSubstituted forKiddat 90+1'minutes
  • 8KerrBooked at 83mins
  • 10Sibbald
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 9BairdSubstituted forGasparottoat 90+4'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forMcHughat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 19McHugh
  • 21Shepherd
  • 23Gallacher
  • 24Thomson
  • 28Craigen
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,316

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Falkirk 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Falkirk 2.

Attempt missed. Jack Baird (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Mark Kerr.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Luca Gasparotto replaces John Baird.

Booking

Robert McHugh (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Lewis Kidd replaces Fraser Aird.

Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fraser Aird (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Robert McHugh replaces Lee Miller.

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Josh Todd (St. Mirren).

Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Sutton (St. Mirren).

Paul Watson (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Mark Kerr (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Rory Loy (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Josh Todd replaces Craig Storie.

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Craig Storie (St. Mirren).

Fraser Aird (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Smith (St. Mirren).

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Storie (St. Mirren).

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Falkirk 2. Rory Loy (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Morgan.

Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Mark Kerr.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Fraser Aird.

Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Baird (Falkirk).

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 0, Falkirk 2. John Baird (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian22146237112648
2Dundee Utd22117431211040
3Morton21107433211237
4Falkirk229763326734
5Queen of Sth237793034-428
6Dunfermline226882831-326
7Raith Rovers216782227-525
8Dumbarton2366112634-824
9Ayr2248102035-1520
10St Mirren2227132040-2013
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