14 Nov Falkirk 5-0 Alloa: Baird hat-trick downs Wasps
By Craig Turnbull
Justin Bieber’s anthem ‘Sorry’ was blaring out of the home dressing after the game but Falkirk had nothing to apologise for after an impressive and emphatic victory over basement boys Alloa at the Falkirk Stadium.
Peter Houston said before the match he was comfortable that his side continue to fly under the radar but you couldn’t fail to notice the quality of John Baird who had another stand-out performance after scoring a stunning hat-trick – his second of the season.
Bob McHugh and Luke Leahy were also on the scoresheet as the Bairns moved to within a point of second-placed Hibernian.
“I think from the first minute I’ve got to give great credit to the players they went about their business with a high tempo for the majority of the match,” Houston said.
“The players are doing fantastically well. They’ve got the bit between their teeth this quarter and I can’t ask for any more than that.”
Baird’s opening goal was probably the pick of the bunch slotting past Andy McNeil after a terrific pass from Mark Kerr.
Baird added his 12 and 13 strikes of the season just before half-time to put them in complete control and netted his 102nd career league goal in the process.
Struggling Alloa improved in the second half but McHugh converted Leahy’s cross with a neat flick before Leahy got himself on the scoresheet with a looping header to compound their misery.
Next up for the Wasps after heavy defeats to Rangers and Falkirk is Hibs so it isn’t going to get any easier for Danny Lennon’s men.
Lennon said: “Falkirk were exceptional but we just didn’t do ourselves justice.”