PETER Houston is convinced Falkirk are building momentum again after admitting his players ‘took things for granted’ at the start of the season.
The Bairns opened the campaign slowly, suffering an opening-day defeat to Hibs in the Championship and failing to qualify for the knock-out phase of the Betfred Cup following a shock defeat to Stirling Albion.
A meagre haul of just one point from their first three league games sparked some straight talking in the Westfield squad.
However, a hat-trick of consecutive victories secured with Saturday’s 2-0 away win against Raith Rovers is an indication they are back to their old selves.
Houston said: “I think the momentum is building. There’s a bit about the boys and the spirit is back in many ways after a slow start.
“If you look at the results elsewhere, Queens are on fire, Dundee United have won and Hibs have won.
“They’re teams we’re looking at to try to get into at least the play-offs.
“People expect a lot, especially after how well we did last season and the way we finished.
“We can’t take anything for granted but I thought at the beginning of the season we were taking things for granted.
“But we’ve got that knocked out of them and the guys themselves have realised you don’t get anything in this game unless you work really, really hard in every single game.”
Goals from John Baird and Tom Taiwo earned a vital three points against a Raith team who had not been beaten before the match.
Falkirk are still eight points adrift of league leaders Hibs and three behind Saturday’s opponents, but Houston was thrilled with a hard-earned victory.
He added: “If I’m being honest, I thought we went ahead against the run of play. Raith Rovers were brighter than us until we scored the goal.
“But if you’re away from home and you keep a clean sheet and score a couple of goals then naturally you can be delighted.
“This is a tough place to come and that’s the first time they’ve been beaten this season.
“That’s three wins on the trot and a couple of clean sheets – I’m happy with that.
“If someone had said before the game we would win 2-0 at Raith Rovers I’d have taken that.”