Michael Doyle says the stakes couldn’t be higher for Falkirk ahead of the weekend fixture against Raith.

The Bairns will host John McGlynn’s side this weekend as they look to close the gap on the League One leaders. Rovers are currently four points ahead of Falkirk in third but that could be reduced to one point this weekend.

Lee Miller will oversee another game (Ben Banks)

It’s a big game that could go a long way to helping interim pair Lee Miller and David McCracken earn the Falkirk managerial role full-time. Under their interim reign, the club have won twice and drawn once.

Doyle says the players have been well drilled ahead of the weekend and know what to expect from Raith ahead of a potentially defining clash.

“Saturday was a bit of a frustrating one,” Doyle said. “We came up against an East Fife team who hadn’t won in two and probably just wanted a point. We maybe killed ourselves a bit with a bit of slackness.

A frustrating afternoon. (Ben Banks)

“We want to be winning every game. I would say it was a disappointing result, but it’s not a bad point. We’re going into the game this Saturday with some extra motivation as it’s opened a wee gap between ourselves and Raith Rovers.

“It is only four points. A wee run from any team put you top and we hope our momentum starts to build. Lee and McCracken’s training has been brilliant. I think the game on Saturday is the biggest game of the season.

“Seven points isn’t impossible to come back from but we are ready to go at them, a draw probably isn’t good enough. Saturday is huge. They started off very well the last time we played them.

McGlynn and Raith will travel to Falkirk this weekend.

McGlynn and Raith will travel to Falkirk this weekend. (Ben Banks)

“When we matched them up for quality we overran them, we went 2-0 up. They changed the formation and two free kicks at the edge of our box cost us the game. We need to work on that.”

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