Michael Doyle has said Ray McKinnon had choice words for his players after the Falkirk result against Airdrie in an attempt to ‘nip it in the bud’ following another home defeat.

The Bairns were beaten 2-1 and dropped to fourth against the Diamonds. Despite enjoying good spells in the first half, Kurtis Roberts put Ian Murray’s side ahead before half time.

Murray’s side were ahead at half time. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Declan McManus equalised for McKinnon’s side before a decent Calum Gallagher header sealed the three points for Airdrie in the dying minutes.

“The manager had a word with us,” Doyle said. “We watched some of the game back. I think he wanted to just nip it in the bud.

“He wasn’t happy with us after the game on Saturday, we weren’t happy with ourselves. That’s two home games we’ve lost in succession now when up until that point it was something we could rely on.

Falkirk man Doyle has been in the game long enough to know that ‘these things happen.’ (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“The manager showed his frustration and anger towards us and we showed our frustration and anger towards each other. It’s going to be a long season with ups and downs and at times not everything is going to be rosy.

“We just need to pick ourselves back up from it. Going into last week we were top of the league so you’ve got to take the positives from that and Saturday was a blip. These things happen in football.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to know everything doesn’t go the way you want it to and you will take knocks. It’s bouncing back from that where you need to show your steel.”

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