Falkirk were left rueing a moment of madness from keeper Robbie Mutch as his ridiculous red card cost the Bairns all three points against Forfar.

Mutch was sent off for violent conduct after lashing out at a Forfar player, also giving away a penalty on a massively frustrating afternoon for the hosts.

Falkirk v Forfar

The Bairns almost took an early lead through veteran Paul Dixon when he was picked out by a corner kick straight from the training ground but couldn’t get his header on target despite having the freedom of the Forfar box.

Their early control of the game saw Lee Miller and David McCracken’s side create a few chances and Akeel Francis really should have done better when he Morrison’s pass fell nicely for the striker but he took to long and wasted the opportunity.

It was a really positive start from the hosts and the Loons had little answer as Mo Gomis and Gary Miller dictated the pace of the play and continually looked to find gaps in the Forfar defence.

Falkirk’s pressure finally paid of after 15 minutes when Anton Dowds fired them into a 1-0 lead after Forfar failed to clear their lines from a corner.

Some excellent work by Blair Alston on the left flank kept things going going after a corner was half-cleared and, after Francis showed great strength to hold the ball up, Dowds rifled the ball low to the keeper’s right.

Falkirk

Falkirk were in control for long spells up until the break but started to let Forfar back into the game after the restart.

Despite that, the hosts were still looking like seeing the game out and making it two wins from two before Mutch’s moment of madness turned the game around.

After what looked like a heavy challenge from Jordan Allan, Mutch childishly reacted with a push to the side of the head, leaving referee Steven Kirkland no option but to point to the spot and fish out his red card.

Replacement PJ Morisson went the wrong way as Allan stepped up to fire home fro 12 yards and deny Falkirk what should have been a fairly routine win.

Bairns boss Lee Miller admitted his frustration but backed his keeper, saying Mutch has been “incredible” for his side since taking the reins last year,

“You never raise your hands (on the pitch),” Miller said. “Everybody makes mistakes. He’ll know that himself, he’s cut up in there because he knows he’s made a mistake.

“But we all make mistakes, we’re all human.

“Robbie has done incredibly for us. There are times in games he’s been different class and one mistake cost us a little.

“Robbie will learn from that and he’ll move on.

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