By Craig Turnbull at the Falkirk Stadium
Blair Alston’s last-minute winner handed Falkirk a massive boost in the race for second after they edged a five-goal thriller against St Mirren.
Lee Miller headed the hosts in front in the first half but St Mirren improved after the break and levelled through a terrific Stevie Mallan free kick.
Falkirk though recovered from the setback and substitute Bob McHugh restored the Bairns’ lead with a near post header from Alston’s delivery.
Much like last week the Bairns struggled to hold on to the lead and Mallan equalised again with a side foot effort from just inside the area.
It looked as though Peter Houston’s men would have to settle for a share of spoils before Alston popped up to convert Miller’s cross at the death.
It means with Hibs suffering a shock 1-0 loss to Alloa, the Bairns have a six-point advantage over Hibs, who have two games in hand, with the sides meeting each other at Easter Road on Tuesday.
“We have to focus on ourselves and one game at a time,” Houston said.
“The win does us no harm. I always felt today we would have to get the three points. St Mirren are a very good side, are improving under Alex Rae and are tough to beat.
“We played really well in the first half I thought we dominated and the only thing that was missing was another goal.
“Credit to St Mirren they have a fine young talent in Stevie Mallan who scored a couple of goals. We had two setbacks but it shows you the character and desire we have to try to achieve second place.”
Rae lamented after the game: “I’m extremely disappointed as we put a lot into the game. I was delighted with the spirit and manner we showed to get back into it.
“I’m a wee bit perplexed at the third goal.
“Jim Goodwin plays a through ball and it’s offside and then the free kick is taken from where Goodwin is so we think it’s 15 yards out of position and there was a wee bit frustration from some of our players towards what we felt was an unjust decision.”