PETER Houston has urged his Falkirk players to take inspiration from Saturday’s defiance against Hibs as they seek the consistency needed to piece together a title push.
The Bairns boss admits his side have suffered from more dips in form this term compared to last season, when they finished second behind Rangers and reached the play-off final against Kilmarnock.
Not only does Houston confess the level of their performances has changed from game to game, he reckons it has swung wildly from half to half in some outings.
The problem has resulted in a run of just one victory in their last seven matches and no wins in four, a sequence that has left them back in fifth place in the table.
However, the former Scotland number two believes Saturday’s resolute display in drawing 1-1 with league leaders Hibs at Easter Road, despite playing with 10 men for over an hour following Tom Taiwo’s controversial red card, can be a turning point in the campaign.
He said: “One of the things we have suffered from this season is our consistency levels have been poor compared to last season.
“Consistency levels have changed, not just from game to game but from half to half.
“The Morton game (a 1-1 draw) was a prime example. We were average in the first-half, without being terrible, and then turned in what I thought was our best performance of the season in the second-half.
“We have to find the reasons for that, because it can’t go on.
“We’ve spoken about it and on Saturday we got it from zero to 90-odd minutes. We got full commitment, full tempo, passion, desire, attitude – it was spot on.
“The players agreed with me that for some unknown reason our consistency levels aren’t what they should be.
“So, we draw a line from now and the season, in some ways, starts from now, because we can take a lot of heart from Saturday’s performance.”