Queen of the South midfielder Kyle Jacobs admits he is desperate to cap off a good week by picking up a victory over Falkirk that will breathe life into the Doonhamers’ play-off hopes.
The former Livingston player has been rewarded for his consistent performances with a new two-year contract at Palmerston.
Gary Naysmith’s side can move to within five points of both the Bairns and Morton in the top four with a win this afternoon and Jacobs is eager to end a memorable few days on a high.
“It’s a two-year deal so that gives me time to play at Queens and to try and push us.
“I’ve played well and he said I deserved it so it’s a bonus to get a contract for that length of time.
“It would be a nice way to finish a good week for myself by getting the win, we just need to keep the good run going.”
Queens host Falkirk today, travel to Dunfermline on Tuesday and then face Ton the following weekend and the experienced midfielder insists these three games will have a huge bearing on their promotion aspirations.
He said: “It’s a massive week but we’ve got a massive game with Falkirk. If we want to try and get into the top four then we have to get a result on Saturday. The boys are confident and hopefully we can get that win.
“With the three games coming up, it will probably define our season.
“We had a wee dip in the middle of the season which was frustrating. It happened, we’ve recovered well so we’ve got to keep plugging away.
“The gaffer has done well since he came in, he’s got us a lot fitter and sharper and he’s brought a good few players in as well to try and help us.
“Ourselves and Falkirk are probably the two inform teams in the league at the minute so it’s going to be a good game. Hopefully that form we’ve picked up will pull us through.”
Falkirk assistant manager James McDonaugh, meanwhile, admits a Bairns victory could force a huge dent in Queens’ play-off push.
He said: “It’s a real six pointer, isn’t it? If we win it goes to 11 (points), if we lose it goes back to five but the one guarantee is we will still be the team in the play-off position at the end of the day.
“It’s an important game not to lose and an important game to win for both teams.”
McDonaugh, who watched Falkirk draw with Dumbarton last weekend, added: “There’s a couple of words we keep using in the last few days and they are ‘missed opportunity’.
“You always look at the points you’ve dropped, and at home to Dumbarton last week you want to be picking up three points.
“We haven’t lost any ground on Dundee United or Hibs but Queen of the South got a win and they’re closer.”