Houston: No Problem with Dundee United

  • Sport Careers Agency Ltd client led Falkirk to 3-1 win over former club Dundee United on Saturday
  • Won the Scottish Cup during successful spell in charge at Tannadice
  • Doesn’t hold a grudge over his dismissal by United in 2013
  • Falkirk up to fourth in Championship table after four straight wins
  • Take on Ayr United at Falkirk Stadium this week

ALL SMILES: Peter Houston's Falkirk beat Dundee United 3-1

FALKIRK boss Peter Houston has insisted he has long since buried the hurt of the axe from Dundee United - and it pains him to see them in the Scottish Championship.

Houston was at the centre of a Sport Careers Agency shootout on Saturday night as his Bairns side defeated fellow client Ray McKinnon's United 3-1 to move into the play-off slots.

Many inside the game felt Houston - who guided the Arabs to Scottish Cup Final glory against Ross County in 2010 - was harshly treated when the Tannadice club parted company with him in January 2013 to make way for Jackie McNamara.

He has since crafted a Falkirk reign that has seen him lose just 26 times in 105 games at the club he starred for as a player.

Yet Peter insisted: "I won the Cup with Dundee United and I have moved on as have they.

"So it doesn't make it any sweeter a victory, I was disappointed to see them coming down if I am honest because they are a Premier League side in my eyes.

"Ray McKinnon has got a job to do there and come Christmas they might be motoring the way he wants them to be."

Last season Falkirk made the Play-Off Final for a slot in the Premiership only to be defeated by Kilmarnock who protected their top-flight status.

This time round the Bairns made a sticky start and Houston revealed:
"After the first three games we had one point out of nine and we had a chat about that.

"We have worked hard in training and the latest win was another just reward for that."

Neil Lennon's Hibernian had looked to be establishing themselves as the dominant force in the Championship but fell to a shock 2-1 home defeat from Ayr United to leave Queen of the South top of the pile.

Houston, whose side didn't kick off until 5.15pm on Saturday night with the game live on TV in Scotland, insists his team can't become obsessed with chasing those above them this early in the campaign.

He stressed: "The Hibs result was no extra motivation for me because I don't look at the table until January, that's the honest truth.

"We have catching up to do and that's all I know after the start, the rest is out of my process.

"We have had success last season with that sort of mindset, we go for three out of three each week.

"Ayr United will now come to us on Saturday having beaten Hibs at Easter Road and we know that will be so tough."

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