Lee Miller says elimination from the Scottish Cup to Hearts may be a ‘blessing in disguise’ – although he feels Falkirk should have won the game.

The Bairns take to action for the first time since that battle tomorrow night against East Fife. A win would move them one point off first place Raith Rovers in the League One title race.

Falkirk are catching up on John McGlynn’s side. (Ben Banks)

It was a 1-0 defeat Falkirk suffered against the Jambos thanks to a Sean Clare penalty. On another day, they perhaps could have won this game, striking the woodwork three times in the second half.

Speaking to NTOF ahead of the East Fife encounter, Miller believes that whilst defeat was tough against Hearts, it allows Falkirk to fully focus on League One matters.

“I think off the back of a good performance against Hearts we just wanted the games to come thick and fast,” said Miller. “We gave the boys a couple of days off but we’re looking forward to the East Fife game.

Handed some time off. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“They are a good side, they try and play wee bit. They have stuck to the same team the past few games but we know what to expect from them. We’ve said from day one, we need to make this place a fortress.

“On another day we could have won the Hearts game. We hit the woodwork three times and the penalty is avoidable. But we went to toe with them.

“It’s a blessing in disguise as we can focus on the league now. Every game is a cup final. We are in a positive place but if there was a way to lose a game of football that was it.

Daniel Stendel’s men beat Falkirk. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“We probably should have won. If the boys play to that potential then we’ll be alright.”

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