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THE ESSENTIAL PRE MATCH BRIEFING FROM FALKIRK TV

WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP 4TH ROUND

Saturday 7th January 2012 The Falkirk Stadium Kick-off 3pm


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS Assistant Manager Neil McFarlane took a few minutes to catch up with Falkirk TV earlier this week. “I think over the last four games or so the level of performance has been exceptional. “The boys are playing with a lot of confidence and although we lost the late goal against Ross County, on that day again the level of performance was really high. To go to Livingston and get a win and back it up with the performance was really pleasing.” Looking forward to today’s game Neil was sure it will not be an easy match, “They (East Fife) have beaten Dunfermline and Aberdeen already this season. We know it is going to be a tough game, it is the Scottish Cup and they will come down here with nothing to loose and try and recreate what they have done in the League Cup.

P.4 Kallum Higgnbotham Interview

“For us, we need to be positive and try and continue the way we have been playing. We are playing with a lot of confidence and obviously we want to continue that in the Scottish Cup.” Despite running out 4-1 winners at in the Ramsdens Cup, Neil is not expecting an easy match this afternoon, “We have played East Fife already this season so we know it will be a hard game. In September, the first half was really tough but second half we played really well.

P.6 Last Meeting

“If we play at a good tempo, I’m positive we can get the result.”

The Enclosure: Issue 10 Edited and Produced by Russell Croal & Craig Turnbull All images © Ian Sneddon

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FALKIRK v EAST FIFE 7th January 2012

P.8 Match Preview


THE MATCH

Michael McGOVERN Graham BOWMAN

TEAM NEWS Stewart Murdoch should return this afternoon but the match will come too soon for Jay Fulton who picked up an injury on Monday Rhys Bennett has extended his loan deal until the end of the season and the paperwork should be compete in time for today’s game

Michael BROWN Andrew COLLIER Mark RIDGERS

Kieran DUFFIE Tam SCOBBIE Stephen KINGSLEY Darren DODS Murray WALLACE Rhys BENNETT

Steven CAMPBELL Andrew COOK Scott DURIE Sean MURDOCH John OVENSTONE Matthew PARK David WHITE

Stewart MURDOCH Blair ALSTON Mark MILLAR Dale FULTON Jay FULTON Ryan MILLAR Kallum HIGGINBOTHAM

Craig JOHNSTONE David MUIR Robert SLOAN Darren SMITH Ryan WALLACE Lloyd YOUNG

Farid EL ALAGUI David WEATHERSTON Craig SIBBALD

TEAM NEWS No team news available at time of going to press

Scott DALZIEL Steven HISLOP Bobby LINN Robert OGELBY

REFEREE John McKendrick ASSISTANTS Gary Sweeney & David McGeachie

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THE INTERVIEW

Kallum Higginbotham previews a big month >>>

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THE INTERVIEW

Russell Croal

@RCroal92

allum Higginbotham once again got on the score-sheet on Monday as the Bairns secured a vital three points against Livingston. Kallum spoke exclusively to Falkirk TV after the match and we started by discussing the importance of the result, “obviously it is a massive three points for us, especially with Ross County not playing. “It is a massive start to 2012 and hopefully we can carry on winning games because we can’t afford to drop many more points now. “It was a massive result as it gets us three points closer to Ross County. Although they have two games in hand, they still have to win those games in hand which are hard games. Anyone can beat anyone in this league.” Monday’s result is all the more impressive when you consider Livingston’s home form, “I don’t think Livingston had lost at home in almost two years before Ross County came and won a few weeks ago. So that shows you just how hard a place it is to come and get the three points. “I thought we were magnificent on Saturday from start to finish. We just passed the ball and I think it was evident how well we played.” It was a bitterly cold afternoon and conditions were not ideal for playing good football, “the pitch was weird, I’ve never seen a pitch like it. It was like a sponge. But obviously we dealt well with the conditions. We just get the ball on the ground and do what we work on in training - one touch, pass and move - and it worked well today.” Kallum Higginbotham restored Falkirk’s lead with a fantastic free-kick in the 71st minute. “The boys are saying it took a few deflections but I’m still claiming it. That’s three free-kicks I’ve scored now. I’ve been working on them on the training ground and it’s paid off. Hopefully I can get a few more before the end of the season. With the semi-final now on the horizon and a few big matches before then, January is set to be a massive month for the Bairns. “Obviously the one

at the end of the month is the big one, but we’ve got to win the games before then. We’ve got East Fife today and then two league games to take care off. There is a few good games this month all building up to facing Celtic.” It is no secret that Falkirk have been attracting a large number of scouts in recent weeks but Kallum does not feel the attention has affected his performance, “it’s not affected me, but I’ve not been one of the ones who has been talked about. It has mainly been Farid. “I have just kept going about my business and I’ll be here until the end of the season anyway. We will just need to see what happens in the summer and hopefully I can impress a few scouts. We’ll see what happens. “But if we get promoted it will be a different story.”

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THE MATCH

East Fife Falkirk

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Sunday 4th September 2011 New Bayview East Fife: Brown, Durie, Park, Ovenstone, Campbell, Muir, Linn, Sloan (s.83 Cook), McQuade (s.69 Hislop), Wallace, Johnstone (s.52 Young) Subs: Martin, Collier Scorer: Wallace (27) Falkirk: McGovern, Duffie, Scobbie, Dods, Wallace, Murdoch, J.Fulton (s. D.Fulton), Millar, Weatherston (s.73 Bennett), Higginbotham, Sibbald (s.76 Alston) Subs: Graham, Bowman

Kallum Higginbotham scores from the free-kick

Scorers: Millar (42), Higginbotham (52, 87), Sibbald (54) Attendance: 1,064

Mark Millar scores the rebound after Higginbotham has a header saved

RESULTS

TOTAL

%

Falkirk

22

30.56

East Fife

30

41.67

Draws

20

27.78

TOTAL

Average per game

Falkirk

120

1.67

East Fife

123

1.71

GOALS

RECORD WIN RECORD DEFEAT HIGHEST AGGREGATE

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Craig Sibbald makes it 3-1 with a tremendous strike

FALKIRK v EAST FIFE 7th January 2012

Falkirk

8-0

East Fife

1935/36

East Fife

6-1

Falkirk

1955/56

Falkirk

6-3

East Fife

1955/56


THE CUP

3rd Round Results Airdrie United 11-0 Gala Fairydean Auchinleck Talbot 3-1 Vale of Leithen Ayr United 2-2 Montrose Boness United 0-3 Cowdenbeath Brechin City 3-0 Dumbarton Culter 1-1 Partick Thistle East Fife 5-0 East Stirlingshire Elgin 1-1 Queen’s Park Inverurie Locos 2-4 Peterhead Irvine Meadow 0-6 Livingston Keith 0-1 Arbroath Morton 5-1 Deveronvale Ross County 4-0 Albion Rovers Stenhousemuir 4-0 Annan Athletic Stirling Albion 1-2 Dundee Stranraer 1-1 Forfar 3rd Round Replay Results Montrose 1-2 Ayr United Queen’s Park 3-1 Elgin Partick Thistle 4-0 Culter Forfar 3-0 Stranraer

4th Round Fixtures Dundee v Kilmarnock Airdrie United v Dundee United Cowdenbeath v Hibernian Falkirk v East Fife Forfar v Aberdeen Hearts v Auckinleck Talbot Inverness CT v Dunfermline Livingston v Ayr United Motherwell v Queen’s Park Partick Thistle v Queen of the South Raith Rovers v Morton Ross County v Stenhousemuir St Johnstone v Brechin City St Mirren v Hamilton Arbroath v Rangers (Sun) Peterhead v Celtic (Sun) Diary Dates 5th Round Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final

Saturday 4th February Saturday 10th March Sat 14th & Sun 15th April Saturday 19th May

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THE PREVIEW

Bairns should progress but the Fifers are capable of springing a few surprises Falkirk v East Fife: Match Preview

Craig Turnbull

@CTTurnbull

alkirk host Second Division side East Fife in the 4th Round of the Scottish Cup this afternoon and will be hoping to avoid being another cup fatality at the hands of their opponents. John Robertson’s side have already knocked out SPL sides Dunfermline and Aberdeen in the Communities League Cup, and the Falkirk Stadium is where they will be hoping facilitates their next cup shock. However, that task of beating Falkirk on their own turf is seemingly impossible if the Bairns’ home record is taking into account. It is grim reading for East Fife fans much more pleasing for Falkirk. Played nine, won six, drawn three, lost none - that last stat perhaps the most significant. Steven Pressley’s men have yet to be defeated at home this season and have beaten the SPL Champions Rangers in the Communities Cup. To compound matters for East Fife, the Bairns have yet to lose a cup-tie this campaign, emphasising the challenge the Fifers have in front of them this afternoon. First time visitors to the Falkirk Stadium lie 8th in the Second Division, and were heavily beaten by top of the table Cowdenbeath last Saturday in a 4-0 defeat. That said, the club barely played in December. A 3-1 defeat to Stenhousemuir, was all they could muster. A lack of match practice perhaps to blame for the severity of the results. Postponements have meant the Fifers do have a couple of games in hand though, which if they win, would see them leapfrog Dumbarton, Albion Rovers and Brechin City into 5th place. Falkirk will be optimistic about their chances, having already put four past their opponents earlier on in the season in a 4-1 rout at New Bayview Stadium in the Ramsdens Challenge Cup. A professional job by the promotion contenders, though they rode their luck in

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Mark Millar scored Falkirk’s first in the Ramsdens Cup meeting

the first half. East Fife took the lead through a super 20-yard strike from Ryan Wallace, but an equaliser from Mark Millar before half time, and a quick fire double killed the game as a contest. The Bairns attacking midfielder Kallum Higginbotham who scored the winner in last week’s 2-1 victory over Livingston via a deflected free-kick, grabbed a brace against the Fifers and will be looking to add to his tally of six goals. Higginbotham’s teammate midfielder Jay Fulton, is expected to be absent from the match after picking up an ankle injury against Livingston. But midfielder Stewart Murdoch returns from injury and should partner Mark Millar in central midfield, in an otherwise unchanged side. The cup still throws up a few surprises, but Falkirk are a side on form and with the firepower they have at their disposal they should do enough to progress to the next round of the Scottish Cup.


Issue 10 - Falkirk v East Fife  

The essential pre-match briefing from Falkirk TV

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