Falkirk star Aidan Nesbitt has opened up on the atmosphere in the Bairns’ dressing room after the 3-0 defeat by Airdrie last weekend sparked a furious response from fans before a midweek Q&A session hosted by the club descended into farce with virtually everyone attached to the club getting the finger pointed at them in one way or another.
Nesbitt was one of the few that fans and the club representatives at the meeting could agree on as Falkirk look at the very real chance they could spend a fourth season in the third tier of Scottish football.
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After the Airdrie game, there was plenty of criticism – both in and out of the dressing-room – and Nesbitt revealed it was “hostile” as players voiced their views.
However, with the Bairns heading north to face Peterhead tomorrow, Nesbitt insists they can’t dwell on it and need to move on quickly.
“The changing room wasn’t a nice place to be in, I am a vocal person and I don’t mind saying what I wanted needed to be said. It was hostile,” Nesbitt said.
I can’t explain in words how bad I felt, it takes its toll on you when you lose a match in the manner we did.
“We need to move on from it though, we can’t dwell on it.”
While the much-discussed Q&A led to one Bairns board member claiming booing players can turn them away from wanting to play for the club, Nesbitt can understand the frustrations that fans have.
The former Scotland youth international has no problem with fans voicing their opinions at poor performances and wants his teammates to up their game show they “deserve to beat a big club” like Falkirk,” adding: “I’m a football fan myself, I watch my team and get frustrated when they play badly. I understand the fans’ anger at the moment.
Some boys deal with it better than others do, I don’t mind taking criticism because it is deserved.
“Starting on Saturday we need to show our fans we deserve to be at a big club like this, we need to perform to a level and stick to it. If we do that we will win matches.”
After going three games in a row without a win, Falkirk fans are starting to panic and Nesbit admits he, like many others, hasn’t been good enough.
The Bairns have struggled far too often to kill games off in recent years – despite various changes in management – but the former Celtic kid is keen to prove his own worth to the League One side.
“I felt like I started the season really well. It’s a bit like the team as a whole. I got off to a flyer after all the issues with Covid at the start of the season. When you sign for a new club you want to hit the ground running and I did that.
“The last few weeks I don’t think I have played as well as I can. I like to take ownership of my performances and I don’t think I’ve been good enough.
“I believe in my own ability, I just need to show it every week. I don’t mind pulling in boys who might need a lift in a match too so they reach their best.”
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