Falkirk 2-0 Alloa: Peter Houston rouses Bairns to stay second

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at Falkirk Stadium
Peter Houston
Peter Houston's Falkirk beat Alloa 2-0 on Saturday

Manager Peter Houston has challenged his Falkirk players to hold on to second place in the Championship.

A 2-0 win over Alloa Athletic allowed Houston's side to leapfrog Hibernian, who are playing in the Scottish Cup on Sunday, and open up a two-point gap.

But Houston is taking nothing for granted and told BBC Scotland: "It's been a big day for us.

"We had to make sure we won because a lot of people wanted to talk about us going into second place."

Falkirk travel to Dumbarton next weekend - a venue where Hibs fell to a shock 3-2 defeat a week ago.

"That's the aim [to remain in second]," continued Houston. "Hibs have a game in hand, but we go to Dumbarton next week and we know what happened when Hibs went there.

"You can't take teams lightly in this division. Dumbarton away has never been an easy fixture, but we want to try to stretch that lead."

Falkirk were in command throughout against Alloa, scoring in the first half through Paul Watson and Mark Kerr. Alloa goalkeeper Scott Gallacher kept the scoreline down, while Watson also hit the post in the second half.

"We dominated the majority of the match," Houston said. "Alloa are in a difficult situation, they came to try to play football and cause us problems, but I don't think our goalkeeper had much to do.

"We could probably have scored more goals, their goalkeeper made some excellent saves. We can play better, but the most important thing was getting the three points."

The Wasps are 11 points adrift at the bottom of the Championship, although they have one game in hand over second-bottom Livingston.

Jack Ross
Jack Ross is still confident Alloa can escape relegation

Alloa Athletic manager Jack Ross still believes his squad is good enough to climb off the bottom.

"They were competitive for long spells in the game," Ross said of his team. "We were under no illusions how difficult a task it was coming here given Falkirk's record over the course of the season.

"The situation we're in, we have to be positive and set out to try to win matches.

"When I assessed the squad when I came in, it wasn't just new manager optimism, I believed that we have enough quality and the right characters within the dressing room.

"I'm also acutely aware that we're running out of games and winning games is what is important."

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