Culture Shock For Queens At The Falkirk Stadium

Last updated : 12 September 2010 By QUEENS MAD

Two goal Tam McManus made the perfect start to his short-term deal at Falkirk - and now he's hoping to win a longer stay.

The ex-Hibs striker's opener was nullified by Paul Burns but McManus doubled his tally before sub Kenny Deuchar completed the scoring.

Falkirk could have had a fourth from a late penalty incident that saw Queens' Bob Harris sent off but Carl Finnigan's spot-kick was saved by David Hutton.

McManus, who has signed until January, said: "I'm buzzing. You hope to make a good first impression and it couldn't have gone better.

"The first goal was a striker's finish and Jason Marr put in a great ball for my second although the keeper might have been a little unsighted.

"I'm a bit short on fitness but adrenalin kept me going and the goals were the icing on the cake.

"If I doing that I'm sure the club will come back to me. I'd love to help them get back into the SPL."

The striker had been replaced by the time the penalty arrived or he might have been celebrating a hat-trick.

He said: "There would have been a few arguments if I'd still been on. I'm disappointed for Carl but the keeper's save was outstanding."

It took McManus just 15 minutes to put Falkirk ahead. Nifty footwork saw him make ahead. Nifty footwork saw him make space to fire in from eight yards.

That seemed to give the home team confidence and Mark Millar had a long-ranger held by keeper Hutton.

Queens threatened when a cross found Ryan McGuffie in space and it took a last-gasp tackle by Marc Twaddle to stop him equalising.

Twaddle got the better of McGuffie again at the other end minutes later before picking out McManus who headed wide.

Queens got the equaliser in 65 minutes, sub Daniel Carmichael found Burns who bent a beauty into the net from 16 yards.

However, McManus struck again four minutes later. This time he collected a cross from Marr, side-stepped his marker and beat Hutton with a low shot.

Sub Deuchar was an instant hit for the home team, nodding No.3 in 84 minutes.

Queens defender Harris was then sent off for handling in the box but Finnigan's late penalty was tipped over by Hutton.

Queens boss Kenny Brannigan said: "Falkirk were better. We came to attack but didn't get going. Our defending was poor, especially for the opener."

Falkirk manager Steven Pressley said: "That was a wonderful advert for our league. That's four wins from our last five games and confidence is growing."

Queens contributed hugely to a fine game of football but received a rude awakening to the standards of play required to compete at the highest level.

Queens Man of the Match - David Hutton - But for his saves Queens could have suffered a heavier defeat.