Falkirk manager Peter Houston hopes Dumbarton don’t down tools at Hibs



Falkirk manager Peter Houston admits he fears that play-off rivals Hibs could run riot tonight against a Dumbarton team that have nothing to play for.

The Sons head to Easter Road for their rearranged clash having confirmed their Championship status with victory over St Mirren at the weekend.

Falkirk are currently three points and seven goals better off than their Leith counterparts heading into their final game of the season at home to Morton on Sunday, while Hibs still have to play Dumbarton and Queen of the South.

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Second spot and a place in the play-off semi-finals could be decided by goal difference and Houston is hoping that Stevie Aitken’s side do not down tools this evening.

He said: “We know what we have to do against Morton next week. If we win we’ve got a good chance.

“What worries me a wee bit is that Dumbarton have clinched their place in the league for next season and they play Hibs on Tuesday.

“I hope they go with the right attitude to go and work hard because I think Hibs will beat them, how many they beat them by is what concerns me a wee bit.

“We need to look after ourselves, if we get three points against Morton hopefully that’s enough to get us that second place. Hibs need to score goals.”

Houston, meanwhile, insists Paul Watson is set to ease his injury crisis by returning for the play-offs.

The centre-half has not played since April 2 due to a knee problem.

Finishing second would mean the Bairns do not play the semi-final first leg until May 11, but Houston reckons the centre-half would be available for the second leg of the quarter-final.

He added: “We’ll try as hard as we can to get defenders back and get a squad ready to go and play in the playoffs.

“We’re carrying quite a lot of injuries at this moment in time.

“Paul Watson has had a scan, it’s a medial ligament injury and it takes three or four weeks.

“He’s feeling stronger and better but hopefully he will be ready for the play-offs.

“If it’s the third against fourth, I think he should be ready for the second leg.”