Falkirk recorded their first win for a while when they beat Motherwell at home 1-0, but it was only thanks to the brilliance of Tim Krul, their on loan goalkeeper from Newcastle United.
This was Krul’s second clean sheet of the season in his 8th start for the Scottish club.
But it was the Dutch goalkeeper, more than anybody else on the home side, who ensured Falkirk secured all 3 points against Motherwell.
Tim Krul – in brilliant form for Falkirk on Saturday to record both a clean sheet and a win
The visitors should have been ahead after less than two minutes but were denied by the brilliance of Krul. David Clarkson raced down the left before cutting back for Porter, who was just five yards out. The former Oldham striker looked certain to score, but Krul made a superb point-blank save to somehow turn the ball away for a corner. It was a stunning save by the Dutchman so early in the game.
The hosts initially struggled to create anything, but a Dean Holden cross after a fine passing move caused some panic in the Motherwell penalty area when the ball broke to Higdon, whose half-volley was deflected wide.
Then Porter came even closer to scoring after 23 minutes when he turned on the edge of the penalty area and was unlucky to see his left-footed strike come back off the post. After 37 minutes, it was Motherwell’s turn to threaten as Clarkson again burst down the left and squared the ball for the unmarked Stephen Hughes, but his drive lacked power and Krul held the ball comfortably.
Arfield then went on a mazy run down the left before lifting his effort too high over Smith’s bar as the first half closed with no score.
Seven minutes after the restart, Motherwell attacker Clarkson appealed for a penalty when he appeared to be tripped by Kenny Milne – but referee Kenny Clark waved play on. Then Krul again proved his prowess when the Dutchman made another brilliant stop from Steven McGarry’s strike, after the impressive Clarkson had played McGarry in.
Then after 74 minutes Falkirk scored thanks to veteran Russell Latapy. His high swerving free-kick, which seemed to be a cross, caught the Motherwell defense bemused, including goalkeeper Graeme Smith, and the ball landed in the back of the net. That was enough to secure all 3 points for Falkirk and it was their first win since defeating Gretna on the opening day of the season.
Motherwell had been the better team until they conceded the goal, with Chris Porter going nearest when striking a post in the first half. But Falkirk goalkeeper Tim Krul was in inspired form to shut them out.
Falkirk Krul, Aafjes, Arfield, Milne, Holden,Moutinho (Finnigan 70), Scobbie, Latapy, Thomson,Riera (Barrett 62), Higdon.
Goals: Latapy 74.
Motherwell Graeme Smith, Quinn, Craigan, Reynolds, Paterson,Lasley (McCormack 68), Hughes, Fitzpatrick (Jamie Murphy 84), McGarry, Clarkson, Porter.