David McCracken reckons Falkirk can hold their heads high after their Hearts efforts- but the result is a tough one to take.

The Bairns lost 1-0 to their Premiership opponents, the first defeat of the Lee Miller and McCracken reign. Their men put in a terrific shift against the Premiership Jambos in utterly terrible conditions.

A Sean Clare penalty was all it took to separate the sides. Falkirk came so close to levelling on three occasions, striking the woodwork from Declan McManus, Gregor Buchanan and Gary Miller efforts.

Buchanan hit the post as McCracken and Falkirk bowed out to Hearts.

Buchanan hit the post. (Photo by Ben Banks)


McCracken has been left proud of his players as they battled the elements and Hearts, feeling a bit dejected that they haven’t managed to come away with a cup shock.

“We’re gutted. Over the piece we created a number of opportunities,” said McCracken. “I thought we started the second half fairly well but the penalty goes against us.

“It’s disappointing but a big positive for us was the way we reacted to it. We came back into it and created a few opportunities. Fair play to Hearts, they killed the game in the latter part of it.

Daniel Stendel’s men killed the game. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“They stopped our momentum. We wish them all the best but we are gutted, although we will take positives. You start to think is one going to go in and unfortunately one didn’t.

“We’re pleased because of the way we went about our business. We didn’t sit and hope for a replay, we put our stamp on the game and tried to win it. Ultimately though we’re out the cup.”

“On the flip side, we can put our full focus on the league now. We’ve got some massive games coming up and we’ve got to take the positives into them.”

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