Thursday 29 August 2013

Falkirk .v. Accies

Accies can take nothing for granted when they make the short drive to face second placed Falkirk at the Falkirk Stadium.

The Bairns have started well with seven points from nine whilst Accies are in a rich vein of form with maximum points so far.

New signing MAC will be hoping to continue his goal scoring against Falkirk after making his "debut" on Tuesday night in the convincing win over Kilmarnock. He

Alex Neil is hoping to add a couple of new faces before the transfer window slams shut on Saturday and is hoping Garcia Tena, formerly of Livingston is one of them. He has been training with Accies for several weeks and Neil is quoted in the Advertiser as hoping he will be signing before the deadline.

I am planning on making the journey up to the game and seeing my first away game of the season, I think it will be close and would bite your hand off for a draw just now. We are in a good run of form but I don't want to see us lose and Falkirk overtake us into first place.

I tipped Falkirk and Dundee to be our two main challengers this season with the three of us being the top three come the end of season, It didn't however put me off my £10 bet at 8/1 on Accies to win the league.


  1. Even this early, this could be a season-defining game for us. A good performance, and either a win or a battling draw, suggests we'll be up there challenging this year. Lose, and it's about how we handle reverses in fortune, but a good indicator that we're unlikely to win the league. I must admit, we've already exceeding my expectations for this season, and I didn't think we'd be in this sort of position. Happy days - and we might just win this...

  2. Not my favourite ground I feel as though you are miles away from the action so I might sneak into the main stand for this one. Defence is looking good and with Keatings/Curier up front we are a match for anyone. Still think the midfield could do with some bolstering.

  3. I am looking forward to this one - my first game of the season. I travel in the expectation that my presence will ensure a collapse of the form seen since Alex Neil took over, so please accept my apologies in advance. Lots of things of interest - Cuthbert's good form, the continuing development of Ziggy, Neil or Andreu in midfield, Canning in a leadership role, Gillespie and Crawford repaying the faith successive managers have shown in them, MacKinnon's industry and the potential of the Keatings/MAC partnership. This should be a stern test of the real quality of the team. No further predictions from me, though!

  4. Another big test for the team awaits on Saturday and a very difficult one to predict (are there any easy ones?). I would happily settle for a draw, but hopefully we can sneak another 3 points.

  5. Fantastic win. To come from behind and win at Falkirk is championship-winning form. Early days, of course, but its Accies who are making all the running. The only team with a 100% record, and 5 points clear after four games. Astonishing!

  6. Interesting game. I saw the first half as pretty even, with Accies perhaps shading it on style, but with Falkirk looking dangerous at times. The last real action of the half saw Daz MacKinnon and MAC booked (along with a Falkirk player) for a nothing incident as the ball was shielded out of play for a Falkirk goal kick. MacKinnon was involved in the play, but MAC got needlessly involved in the afters. 2 daft and unnecessary bookings which added a bit of needle and probably contributed to events after the interval. We wondered if missed chances in the first half would haunt us, and Falkirk duly scored an odd goal immediately after the interval. Cuthbert was either out of position, unsighted or surpised (or all 3!) as a Falkirk free kick from some distance was stroked home at Kevin's right hand post. Accies looked all at sea for the next 15 minutes as Falkirk took control - we could not get the ball on the deck and passes increasingly went astray. Goals change games, we are told, and if the Falkirk goal settled them, then the through ball to MAC, his run in on the keeper and subsequent shot curling round the keepers left hand for a great goal transformed Accies. Suddenly passes found players in hoops and Ali Crawford scored this great goal to win the game:
    Accies played out the game fairly comfortable, with much of the later action being in the Falkirk half and a fair bit bit around the corner flags. We survived a couple of very late corners and Kevin Cuthbert must be commended for a great save just before the game entered stoppage time. I'm so glad I didn't jinx the team with my presence and with the exception of the 20 mins after HT Accies played pretty well. No lack of effort or passion - a real pleasure to watch.

  7. Agree with your summary David. The 2 teams seemed to cancel each other out in the first half and there really wasn't much in it. I felt one goal would settle it. Whatever Daz did or did not do there was no need for Curier to add his tuppence worth and it is his temperament which may let him down over the season. Curier's goal came against the run of play just at the right time as it seemed Falkirk might grab another but it knocked the stuffing out of them and Crawford's goal is worth watching time and time again. Good to see the team fighting back when one down which says something. Another 3 points against dundee and we really couldbe thinking about a league winning season.