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Only a win will do for McGovern

Michael McGovern would happily swap a place in the history books for three points despite being just 67 minutes away from a club record for clean sheets.

The Falkirk goalkeeper has not conceded a goal in 557 minutes of league action - spanning more than six matches - as Gary Holt's side have rocketed to the summit of the Championship.

McGovern is homing in on the all-time record of 623 minutes, set by Myles Hogarth during the 1999/00 campaign under the stewardship of Alex Totten. However, the 29-year-old says the record would mean nothing if Falkirk, who lead the Championship on goal difference from Dundee, don't win the game.

"People might not believe me, but I would rather concede a goal and win the match than set that record but not get a result as a team," he said. "I am going to concede a goal sooner or later, we all know it is going to happen, but as long as we keep winning matches I don't care about anything else.

"The team is the most important thing, getting three points and continuing this terrific run we have been on is all that matters. At the end of the season, no-one is interested in how many clean sheets I kept - people are interested in whether Falkirk are in the Premiership."

"After the game, of course, I will give plenty of thought to it. But you can't take your eye off the ball or think about anything else during the match - otherwise you will be punished.

McGovern and his team-mates will be helped in their attempts to maintain their position at the top of the table by the arrival of loan signing Mark Beck from Carlisle United. The 6ft 4ins Scotland under-19 international striker has agreed a deal until the end of the season and has scored one goal in 15 appearances for his club.

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