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Pounded for 90 minutes, Falkirk are lucky only to lose by four. Davie Dodds heads a Sturrock cross high into the net and bullets in a low Gough cross for his second. Paul Sturrock cracks in a third from 5 yards, whilst Graeme Payne pounces to make it four from eight yards after a Dodds shot was blocked.
Tonight brings us to the last of our home ties in Section 4 of the League Cup and overall can confess to being well satisfied with our progress. Particularly pleasing has been the number of goals scored so far. That fact, however, does not allow us to sit back this evening. As I envisaged at thy start of the season. St Johnstone are proving to be our main threat. Their 6-1 at Brockville was clear evidence that we cannot take our qualification for granted. We must keep the pressure on Alec Rennie's side by continuing to score as many goals as possible with Saturday's visit to Muirton looming on the horizon. Some of the players have not really borne in mind the possibility that goal difference could decide the section. I legitimately feel that we could easily have added another five or six goals to our current total. The players must adopt as professional an approach as. possible and continue to seek goals, no matter the scoreline. Now I must turn to comment on the ills of the game as reported by the media in the opening week of the season. "The magnificent men of the Press" are doing the game a disservice by their constant highlighting of the decline in crowds. It is impossible to draw conclusions on attendance figures unless direct comparisons are made with games, taking into account the same opposition and stage of competition. Continued prominence by the Press of football's problems, rather than greater coverage about, for example, the number of goals scored, cannot be good for the game. In all of my ten years at Tannadice there have been too few reporters who have sought to report the good aspects of the sport. As far as I am concerned the current state of affairs is ridiculous. If the present trend of reporting continues the clubs will have to reconsider the question of publicly divulging attendances. On the same theme, one Sunday newspaper last weekend published a post-match report of mine but no reporter from that particular paper had, in fact, had the courtesy to contact me after the match in question. So much for the freedom of the Press! To conclude, I welcome John Hagart and his side but must warn them that goals are our prime object tonight. That will be no easy task and patience must be exercised by both fans and players alike in this quest.