JUST how do you offer condolences to a fellow whose team have just delivered a stunning performance, have scored four goals for the second week in a row and who now sit proud and unbeaten at the top of their league?
A rare double from Tom Taiwo made Dunfermline pay for their first-half profligacy and propelled Falkirk into the last eight of the Petrofac Training Cup in a tie that exploded into life with the inexplicable and ludicrous actions of dismissed visiting striker Botti Biabi.
Peter Houston witnessed a previous master plan being ripped to shreds when Kris Boyd scored five times against his Dundee United team, but the Falkirk manager hopes that his new side can follow through and keep the Rangers striker quiet for another week.
Peter Houston has acknowledged that Rangers have assembled the most formidable strike force in the SPFL Championship, albeit the Falkirk manager has dismissed any suggestion that he will worry about facing them this season.
The first legs of play-off encounters can so often be meek affairs, bereft of clear-cut chances and pre-ordained to end in stalemate as both sides desperately attempt to avoid being out of the tie at the half-way point.
IT is exactly half a century since Queen of the South last graced the Scottish top flight but the Dumfries side's hopes of returning there this summer burn brighter than ever after a stunning late goal from Bob McHugh permitted them a precious, if precarious, advantage in this SPFL Premiership play-off quarter-final.
Gary Holt, the Falkirk manager, has not given up hope of winning the SPFL Championship title this season and will urge his side to go for the jugular in their final league match, at home to Alloa Athletic on Saturday.