By Linsay Williamson and Ben Banks

Lee Miller says that whilst it wasn’t pretty, three points at this stage can’t be sniffed at as Falkirk secured another crucial win.

A Declan McManus penalty was enough for the Bairns as they grinded out a 1-0 win over Montrose. They had to play the final stages with ten men after McManus was sent off for a deliberate handball.

McManus was red carded. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Robbie Mutch became a penalty hero, saving a Russell McLean spot kick. It helps the Bairns keep the pressure on Raith, trailing John McGlynn’s side by a point heading into this weekend’s match with Clyde.

Speaking after the game, Miller said his side had to find an ugly way to victory on a day of many emotions: “It was a rollercoaster, a strange game. I think the conditions played a big part in it.

“I thought in spells we dominated the game first half, took control, got the goal. The angle I had it didn’t look like much of a penalty. Second half was backs against the wall a wee bit.

Defending job for Falkirk. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“We knew they were going to have a spell in the game but I thought we defended well. Deccy just reacts for the penalty, great save from him to be fair. We then get luck with Robbie saving it.

“Credit to Montrose, they set their stall out and tried to play attacking football, first and second half. I thought they were probably the better team second half but overall if you reflect on the game it’s a massive three points for us.

“We just need to keep chipping away. We’ve been lucky today, we defended for our lives at the tail end of the game. But we came away with three points.”

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