Lee Miller has expressed his delight after Falkirk secured progression to the Scottish Cup fourth round with a 4-1 victory over Linlithgow Rose.

The game started brightly for the Bairns after Conor Sammon slotted the ball home following a nice pass from Declan McManus.

Sammon scored twice. (Photo by Christian Hofer/Getty Images)

Thomas Coyne though managed to get Linlithgow back on level terms, latching onto a loose ball from a set-piece. Sammon restored Falkirk’s lead with 15 minutes of the half to spare. Miller’s side almost had a third before half time too but McManus’ effort was ruled out for offside.

McManus was again denied a goal in the second half, this time through a strong save from Michael McKiven. Falkirk kept pushing for a third and eventually got one after McManus finally beat McKiven. They added a fourth after Paul Dixon’s late effort

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Miller admits though that their part-time opponents gave them a good test in his opening game as interim boss alongside David McCraken.

Miller was pleased to progress past Linlithgow in his first Falkirk match. (Ben Banks)

“Credit to the boys, it’s about them tonight,” he said. “It’s about them going out and showing to everyone they area good side.

“You’ve got to give teams like Linlithgow respect and I thought we did a very professional job. I thought we stuck to our task.

“With the chances we created, we could’ve scored a lot more. I was delighted for Declan to get his goal because he worked his tail off, but you could go through the full team.

Impressed with his squad (Ben Banks).

“It was real professional performance. The Scottish Cup is huge but our bread and butter is the league, but this was a nice distraction.”

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