Hartley pleased despite draw

Bairns Boss Paul Hartley was pleased with his sides performance as well as their discipline in Saturday’s feisty encounter between Falkirk and Dunfermline in the SPFL Ladbrokes Championship.

The former Alloa and Dundee boss described told the media:

“Especially in the second half, I felt we dominated it [the game] despite them being down to 10 [players] then 9. I felt we started really positive – we had some really good play today and that was the best of the season I believe, according to the guys in there [the dressing room].”

The manager was particularly pleased with Cieran Dunne and Louis Longridge.

“You can see the way we want to play; we had great speed today. Young Dunne had a great game down the right despite only being 17.Longridge had a great debut, as well as the experience of [Lee] Miller up there, too. We defended really well today. We lost a sloppy goal but he [Cieran Dunne] is still learning his trade and is very raw. Overall, I am really pleased with how we played today.

We said to the players at half-time to keep believing as there wasn’t much in the match. They showed in the second half how well they can play when we shift that ball the way we did. Slowly, we are starting to get there: that is due to the hard work of the players on the training ground in terms of how we want to play, our tempo and the speed of players. We know we can compete against these sides – we have played teams at the top such as St Mirren and Dunfermline recently and I felt we probably should have won both games.”

Another positive aspect for the new gaffer at the Falkirk Stadium was the discipline of his side, while the Pars ended the game with two players having been sent off.

“I came to the last game [against Dunfermline] and I know there is previous, because it is a derby but you have got to keep your composure in these games. That was our message all week – calmness and coolness, keep your discipline. I felt we were controlled in that side of our game today and that is another pleasing thing.”

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