They’re the biggest team in League One- but Falkirk finding consistency could be their big advantage according to David McCracken.
The Bairns currently sit third in the League One table, three points off leaders Raith Rovers. Their aim for this season will be to make an instant return to Championship football, preferably via a League One win.
Consistency is something that will be needed though along with a winning mentality according to McCracken, who hasn’t suffered defeat since taking over managerial duties at Falkirk. He reckons that consistency has been slightly lacking at the club over the last couple of years and it’s something both he and Lee Miller want to instill.
“We’re trying to train the boys into a winning habit,” said McCracken. “We’re unbeaten but there have been draws and a couple of performances where we haven’t been at our best. But there’s still that mentality of not wanting to get beat.
“We do it every day in training no matter what we’re doing, we always put a competitive edge on it. I think that’s important and we’ll look to take that into games. The club as a whole hasn’t really had consistency over the last couple of years.
“That’s one major thing that we wanted. The guys upstairs are doing the same and want things to settle down a wee bit. As a player, I think consistency breeds quality. When you’re playing beside the same player, it helps as you start to create partnerships. It definitely helps.”
McCracken’s also taken the time to provide updates on Louis Longridge, Lewis Toshney and Declan McManus. Longridge and Toshney’s deals have both expired now but the club are trying to tie them up again.
Recent reports also linked Ross County loanee McManus with a move away from the Falkirk stadium. McCracken’s ‘hopeful’ he’ll be a Bairn until the end of the season whilst they will see what happens over the next week with Longridge and Toshney
He said: “We are still in talks with them and we’re aware of the chat in the press of other clubs being interested but it’s up to us to try and keep a hold of the guys (Louis Longridge and Lewis Toshney). We will see where things go with them over the next week or so.
“We have a good relationship with Ross County and we have actually spoken to them and obviously there has been mention of a couple of clubs wanting to take Declan.
“But we know, and Declan has said it himself, he is happy here, he’s playing well and scoring goals. We want that to continue and are pretty hopeful that will be the case for the rest of the season anyway.
“He’s a massive player for us and his goals are important to us and his work-rate breeds similar standards from others too.”