Falkirk can force the issue against Hibs, says Myles Hippolyte

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland
Falkirk forward Myles Hippolyte
Myles Hippolyte joined Falkirk midway through the season
Scottish Premiership play-off semi-final second leg: Falkirk v Hibernian
Date: Friday, 13 May Venue: Falkirk Stadium Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland; live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Myles Hippolyte says Falkirk intend to prey on any Hibernian tiredness in the Premiership play-off semi-final second leg.

Friday's match will be Hibs' fifth in 13 days, with the Bairns sealing a 2-2 draw at Easter Road in Tuesday's first leg.

"Hopefully we can force the issue by playing good football," Hippolyte, 21, told BBC Scotland.

"Making them have to work could blow their engines quicker."

The winners of the tie will meet top-flight Kilmarnock in another two-legged contest to decide who gets a place in the Premiership for the 2016-17 season.

John McGinn and John Baird
Hibs and Falkirk are locked at 2-2 at the midway point of their semi-final

"We know Hibs are desperate to score early then kill the game by passing it about," said Hippolyte, who joined Falkirk from Livingston in January and helped the Bairns seal the runners-up spot in the Championship.

"But the strikers we've got - John Baird, Lee Miller and Bob McHugh - they have got goals amongst them. We can definitely do it, it's just about staying focused.

"Their legs might begin to feel it a bit more than we will, that was the whole point of us trying to get that second-place spot [and avoiding the quarter-final against Raith Rovers]."

'Best dressing room I've been in'

Londoner Hippolyte is already at the seventh club of his short career.

The former Brentford youth player has no doubt about which team on his journey so far has had the best spirit and character.

"Since I've joined Falkirk, the dressing room is the best I've been in - hands down," he explained.

"I'm proud and happy to be around these boys and I love every single moment of coming in.

"On the bigger scale, they really do mean it when they say it's a family club. Everyone here watches out for each other.

"And it translates out on to the pitch. We're all together in this and we know the only people who will get us out the Championship is going to be us."

Hippolyte revealed his Falkirk team-mates have given him a new nickname in light of a local chip shop attaching his name to one of their products.

"Haggis; Hippolyte Haggis" he added.

"Benny T's were nice enough to name a haggis after me, which is nice.

"Once again another example of family spirit. It just shows that you're welcome and liked around here and it's something I cherish."

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