On-loan Hamilton attack Louis Longridge was disappointed after Sunday’s defeat to Dundee United and the newly-signed Bairn hopes for a marked improvement against Greenock Morton this weekend.
Speaking to Falkirk TV at Tannadice, the 26-year-old exclaimed:
“It was a very difficult afternoon for us but I don’t feel we helped ourselves in the slightest. When we go out for a football match, before showing quality you need to show a work-rate, desire and determination to compete and we didn’t do that today, all over the park. We have let the fans down and let ourselves down too. We just need to re-group and make sure we don’t put in a performance like that again because that isn’t acceptable.
You have got a task to compete against the man you are up against but we were standing off them and showing them too much respect: we were giving them too much time on the ball. When you look at the team-sheet, they don’t have World Cup players in their line-up, they aren’t guys that are miles ahead of us; we know we can compete, but, I just think we were miles off it today and that comes from the players within. It is about personal pride, having that determination to go out and do your job. To a man today, we let ourselves down.”
Longridge feels when the first-goal went in, the Bairns’ heads dropped.
“They [Dundee United] took confidence from that. When times are tough, like just now, you have got to put that to the back of your mind but I think today is showed it did affect us and we can’t afford to do that, at this stage of the season and where we are in the league. We just need to pull our sleeves up and get on with it as we know if we play the way we can then we will hurt teams in this league.
The application is there, it is just taking that from the training ground and into the game. It is okay being a good footballer in training but you get paid to go out on a Saturday and show what you are made of then. For the past couple of weeks, we haven’t shown that. We need to work hard this week – we always work hard, but, we then need to take that into the Morton game on Saturday as we need to start picking up points and climbing the table.”
The emergency loan signing – the first new face in the door at The Falkirk Stadium under new gaffer Paul Hartley – has full belief that what the former Alloa and Dundee manager is trying to achieve with his new side will come to fruition soon.
“If the work the gaffer is doing on a week=to-week basis then it is only a matter of time before it will turn. Looking at today’s performance, it wasn’t acceptable from a players point of view. We just need to be a bit more confident and braver when we start games: if we do go behind, we need to roll-up the sleeves and make sure we get something from the game rather than sitting back and being scared. We need to put that out the back of our mind so we can concentrate on winning the game.”
Looking ahead to the tie with Jim Duffy’s men tomorrow, Falkirk will be looking to claw the gap between them and the Ton back to 5 points.
“We can definitely [get something from the match]. We will need to analyse this game and see where things went wrong and the things we can do [better] and then we will study Morton to see where we can capitalise on them. I am fully confident that if we do everything right and we get confidence and start the game well, then there is no reason we can’t get three points.”